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Cal Fire MMU Lifts Burn Ban, Permits Required

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing Cal Fire’s MMU to transition out of peak fire season effective Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 a.m. in Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. “Although we are seeing a small amount of rain and allowing burning to take place, we would like residents to ...

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Two Early-Morning Fires South Of Ahwahnee

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Just before 3 a.m. this morning, firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire on Road 600 south of Ahwahnee. As firefighters were working to contain the “600 Fire” near the intersection of Road 810 (Acton Grade), another report came in at 3:27 p.m. from a sheriff’s deputy of another fire about 1/2 mile south at Leland ...

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Fire Destroys Mobile Home In North Fork

NORTH FORK — A structure fire in North Fork this morning destroyed a home just south of town. Just after 8 a.m., firefighters were called out to reports of a fire at the end of To-Nobi Way. Cal Fire Engine 4255 out of Rancheria Station was first on scene, and reported a residential mobile home fully engulfed with threat to ...

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Vegetation Fire North Of Oakhurst, Fire Season Isn’t Over

OAKHURST —  Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire on Highway 41 near Road 620 this morning, reminding everyone that fire season is not over, and the Cal Fire burn ban remains in place. Just after 11:30 this morning, crews were called out to a fire that was reported by the first unit at scene to be about one-half acre with ...

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Apply Now To Become A Seasonal Cal Fire Firefighter

CALIFORNIA — Cal Fire is now accepting applications for the position of Fire Fighter I – a seasonal, temporary classification used by Cal Fire. Applications are accepted each year during a one-month filing period from Nov. 1 – 30. As a member of a fire crew, a Fire Fighter I fights wildland, rural, and structural fires and responds to various ...

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Woman Arrested For Suspicion Of DUI After Crash Starts Fire

MADERA COUNTY — A Coarsegold woman who crashed her car, igniting a fire that burned over six acres on Road 406 near Jewels Vista Drive yesterday, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to the CHP, Laura White, 51, drove her car off the north side of Road 406 just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, plowing through a ...

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Vehicle Accident Sparks Vegetation Fire On Road 406

MADERA COUNTY — Firefighters responded this afternoon to reports of a vegetation fire just west of Highway 41 along Road 406. Just before 2 p.m. today, CHP reported that a motor vehicle accident near 42399 Road 406 had sparked a fire and requested Cal Fire to respond. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about three acres. Cal ...

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Four Charged With Arson For Burning Stolen Car, Sparking Pier Fire

TULARE COUNTY — District Attorney Tim Ward has announced criminal charges against four individuals for starting the Pier Fire by burning a stolen car. The Pier Fire charred nearly 37,000 acres east of Springville, Calif., from Aug. 29 to Sept 24. Isiac Renteria, 19, Richard Renteria, 21, Osvaldo Esparza-Guerrero, 20, and Breane Ojeda, 21, were arrested on Oct. 24. All ...

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Prescribed Burning And Lightning-Caused Fires On Sierra National Forest

NORTH FORK – The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District, is preparing for the fall, winter, and spring burning program, said District Ranger Denise Tolmie, and projects will consist of three activities: pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. The objectives will be to reduce fuel loading from recent tree morality, and hazard removal projects within the Wildland Urban Interface and ...

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Warm Temps Increase Fire Activity, More Smoke In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Five fires continue to burn in the wilderness areas of Yosemite National Park, with a strong stable air mass over the area bringing warmer than normal temperatures and lower humidity. This has contributed to more fire activity and more smoke production as the 8,000-acre Empire Fire moved through some heavier fuels. The smoke has been flowing into Yosemite ...

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