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Fire Near Oakhurst Park Out On Arrival

OAKHURST – A fire that started behind the Oakhurst Community Park on Sunday, Sept. 29, may have put up a lot of smoke, but was quickly extinguished by those on the scene. Around 8 p.m., a full wildland fire dispatch was called up when reports came in of a fire burning near the river in Oakhurst. Those first on the ...

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Fire In Oakhurst Puts Up Lots Of Smoke

OAKHURST – A fire near Pro-Flame Propane on Oak Park Way sent smoke and flames into the skies over Oakhurst today. The report came in at 10:40 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, of a vegetation fire just off Highway 49 behind the Enterprise Center. It may have been strange to see the green Sierra National Forest engines in town, but ...

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Will There Be Logging In Rim Fire Burn?

WASHINGTON, DC – The Restoring Healthy Forests Act, HR 1526, was approved today by the House of Representatives by a vote of 244-173. The measure includes an amendment by California 4th District Congressman Tom McClintock, to allow the burned timber from the 2013 fire areas to be salvaged in an expedited manner. McClintock’s amendment was adopted by a vote of ...

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The Rim Fire – What Comes Next?

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – With full containment of the Rim Fire in sight, and fire activity waning, crews and resources are being demobilized every day. As the firefighters head home, another team moves in to start the next phase of the process.

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Fire Burns Near Miami Creek

OAKHURST – Smoke could be seen rising into the sunset this evening just north of Oakhurst as a fire took off near Miami Creek. Just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, firefighters from the Sierra National Forest (SNF) responded to a fire that was estimated by those first on scene to be about an acre.

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Latest On The Rim Fire – Sept. 15

YOSEMITE – The Rim Fire has now burned 255,858 acres – over 400 square miles – and is now 81% contained. As of today, Sept. 15, 11 residences have been lost and 3 commercial properties destroyed, along with 98 outbuildings. There are 323 structures still listed as threatened.

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A Tour Of The Rim Fire – Part 2

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – The first half of our day at the Rim Fire led us through areas that had already been burnt out or bypassed by the flames. Now we were headed into the more active fire area – Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, and things were about to get interesting. The gates to the Park were closed and locked ...

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A Tour Of The Rim Fire – Part 1

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – With the Rim Fire now 80% contained, and the demobilization of over 2,000 personnel, I decided it was time to take a trip up to the area to see what the nearly 256,000 acre blaze had done to the landscape. Enlisting my husband as my driver so I could take photos out the window along the way, ...

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Forest Service Releases Cause Of Rim Fire

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations and Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office have determined cause of the Rim Fire. The fire, which began on Aug. 17 on the Stanislaus Nation Forest near the area known as Jawbone Ridge, has been determined to have started when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape.

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Missing Firefighter Search Continues

JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM – The search for Jemez Ranger District engine captain Token Adams continues today. Token, who has been missing since Friday, Aug. 30, has been the focus of an intense search effort by numerous Federal, State, County and local agency personnel as well as many volunteers throughout the holiday weekend. The family, fellow employees and the entire community ...

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