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Homeowner Assistance Available for Defensible Space

MADERA COUNTY–The Eastern Madera County Fire Safe Council (EMCFSC) is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for Defensible Space Assistance, chipping, and hazard tree removal. EMCFSC has resources available to assist low-income, tribal, elderly, or otherwise disadvantaged residents. Residents identified as vulnerable in Eastern Madera County (EMC) with establishing defensible space in compliance with regional code ordinances. ...

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County Proposes New Evac Route

OAKHURST—As part of his Town Hall series, District 5 Supervisor Robert Macaulay held a meeting at the Oakhurst Elementary School Multipurpose Room on January 22nd. He and other Madera County officials laid out plans for a potential evacuation route to serve the John West/Jean Road area of Oakhurst. The area is one of several in the eastern Madera County area ...

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Frank Bigelow Jr. Receives Cal Fire Appointment

SACRAMENTO—The Cal Fire Office of the State Fire Marshall is excited to announce the appointment of Frank Bigelow to Deputy Director of Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. 20 Years of Experience 2004 Chief Bigelow began his CAL FIRE career as a Fire Fighter I at the Ahwahnee Station in the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU), ...

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End of Fire Season Declared for MMU

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The end of fire season will be declared, in the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU), on Monday, December 18th at 8 a.m. Burning is allowed, but burn permit requirements vary between counties. Burn permit information in Mariposa County: CAL FIRE burn permits are not required in Mariposa County until May 1st. Residents must contact the Mariposa County burn day ...

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Sierra National Forest Continues Pile Burning Operations

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is continuing with pile burning operations on both the High Sierra (HSRD), and Bass Lake Ranger Districts (BLRD). Test fire ignitions will take place in both areas; near Shaver Lake – HSRD, and at Batterson Work Center – BLRD. Pending suitable weather conditions, test fire ignitions will take place in both areas today, ...

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Mariposa Creek Prescribed Burn This Week

Mariposa – Mariposa County in cooperation with Sierra Foothill Conservancy, the local Prescribed Burn Association, and the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation are currently working to implement key recommendations in the Mariposa Creek Parkway Master Plan, which includes conducting environmental restoration activities in the creek corridor. As part of this restoration, the county and its partners are conducting a controlled burn ...

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Hazard Reduction Burning Open Next Week

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, November 15th, hazard reduction burning will be allowed, with a valid CAL FIRE burn permit, in Madera, Mariposa, and Merced Counties. Burn permits can be obtained online by visiting Burnpermit.fire.ca.gov or by visiting your local CAL FIRE station. Burn ...

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Know Your Zone in an Emergency

MADERA COUNTY–Madera County has begun utilizing an innovative on-line map service, Genasys Protect (formerly Zonehaven), for the public to reference as an additional tool to receive prompt, accurate information during an emergency. Genasys Protect allows community members to go to their website or smartphone app and enter their address to see if they are impacted by any ongoing incidents, making ...

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Cal Fire Conducting Prescribed Burn November 1st

AHWAHNEE–The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit will be conducting a vegetation management burn on Wednesday, November 1st, 2023. The burn will take place of Road 619 in Ahwahnee and will consist of annual grass, oak woodland, and heavy brush totaling about 601 acres. Smoke will be visible throughout the day. The management fire will be used to reduce noxious weeds and ...

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Alert: Vegetation Fire Kinsman Flat

KINSMAN FLAT–Air and ground firefighters with Sierra National Forest and Cal Fire are responding to a vegetation fire in the area of Mammoth Pool Road and Kinsman Flat Road. The fire is currently 50 acres and evacuations are in place. This is the King Fire. We will update this article when more information is available. October 16, 2023 The fire ...

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