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Over 8,000 Firefighters On The Lines, Thousands Of Homes Lost

CALIFORNIA – Over 8,000 firefighters from throughout the state continue to battle three large wildfires in California. There are currently 1,035 fire engines, 141 dozers, 166 hand crews, 80 water tenders, 42 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers assigned to the incidents, and out-of-state resources continue to arrive. The Camp Fire in northern California has claimed the lives of 23 ...

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Over 6,000 Firefighters Battle Major California Fires

CALIFORNIA – Though we are well into the fall season and cooler temperatures, the wildfire season is far from over. Cal Fire reports that over 6,000 firefighters are currently battling six large wildfires in California, the two most dangerous being the Camp Fire in Butte County, and the Hill Fire in Ventura County. These wind-driven fires have destroyed more than ...

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Prescribed Burning Ops Resume On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The High Sierra Ranger District Fuels Management office plans to resume firing again on Sunday, Nov. 4, on the Dinkey South Fall understory prescribed fire project. The office says they expect active firing to continue through Wednesday, Nov. 7. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces ...

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Cal Fire To Conduct Training Burn Near Yaqui Gulch

MARIPOSA – The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will be conducting a vegetation management training burn on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24 and 25, on the Long Ranch located on Old Highway near Yaqui Gulch. The training will consist of burning four sections of annual grass, oak woodland and sparse brush, totaling about 95 acres and will take place between ...

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Public Comment Period On Madera Sheriff OES Emergency Plans

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is placing three County Emergency Plans out for public comment. The three plans are described as follows: Emergency Operations Plan: This plan is a framework document which outlines how the County will respond to an emergency. The EOP sets guidelines to manage a disaster in an effective, efficient, and timely ...

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Highway 41 Fires Started By Vehicle Malfunction

O’NEALS – Several fires that started along Highway 41 last Friday night serve as a good reminder to everyone that fire season is not over, and that keeping your vehicle in good working order is crucial to “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, crews responded to reports of three fires burning along the ...

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Investigation Into Suspicious House Fire In Oakhurst

OAKHURST – Cal Fire is investigating a structure fire that started in an unoccupied home in Oakhurst this morning. Just before 8 a.m., crews were called out to a house fire near the end of Critter Creek Lane off John West Road. The first unit at scene reported smoke coming from both levels of the two-story home in the 50500 ...

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Crews On Scene Of A Vegetation Fire West Of Mariposa

MARIPOSA – Crews are at scene of a vegetation fire burning on Hummingbird Lane south of Highway 140. At 3:53 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to reports of a fire near 4880 Hummingbird Lane. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about 5 acres, burning in grass and oak woodland with a moderate rate of spread. No structures were ...

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Late Night Fire Destroys Coarsegold Home

COARSEGOLD – A Coarsegold family was driven from their home last night by a fire that destroyed much of the 3,000 sq. ft. structure. At about 11:30 p.m., firefighters were called out to a home in the 45000 block of Windmill Road off Jennifer Lane. The first unit at scene reported that the structure was 50 percent involved. Firefighters first ...

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