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Procession To Honor Cal Fire Dozer Operator Braden Varney

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Mariposa-Madera-Merced Cal Fire (MMU), with the assistance of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5, has been successful in the recovery of Cal Fire Heavy Fire Equipment Operator (HFEO) Braden Varney, from the accident site within the Ferguson Fire. The next phase will be the escort of HFEO Braden Varney to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. ...

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Ferguson Fire Command Post Moves To Ahwahnee Hills Park

AHWAHNEE – The Incident Command Post for the Ferguson Fire in the process of being relocated from the Mariposa County Fairgrounds to Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. The park was used as the ICP for the Railroad Fire last year, and workers are already on the property making preparations for the move. The public is being asked by park managers not ...

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Fire Advisory Issued For Areas South Of Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has issued another fire advisement as the Ferguson Fire moves south. At 10:45 a.m., a fire advisement was issued for the following locations: Lushmeadows Community Ponderosa Basin Community Triangle Road from Jerseydale Road to Highway 49 South including all side roads Darrah Road from Triangle to Sherrod Road East side of Highway ...

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Ferguson Fire Now Over 9,000 Acres, Most Movement South And East

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters has a busy night on the line as the Ferguson Fire has now grown to 9,266 acres and is just 2 percent contained. The fire is burning around the South Fork of the Merced River, south of Highway 140 between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. There are currently 332 personnel assigned to the incident including 34 ...

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Ferguson Fire Continues To Push Toward Populated Areas

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters, residents and law enforcement have settled in for the long haul as the Ferguson Fire continues to grow. As of 3 p.m today, the fire was estimated at 4,310  acres, still with just 2 percent containment. However that was before a major increase in fire activity about 4 p.m. this afternoon, so that number is likely ...

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Ferguson Fire Makes Major Push Overnight, Now 4,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Ferguson Fire, burning in the Merced River Canyon between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 4,000 acres and is just 2 percent contained. There are currently 500 personnel assigned to the incident. Smoky conditions are challenging for air operations this morning. Crews are focused on securing fireline along Highway 140 and protecting structures ...

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Jerseydale Evacuated Ahead Of The Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A mandatory evacuation has been issued for the Jerseydale area, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, as the Ferguson Fire advances south. This includes all residences on Jerseydale Road, Hites Cove Road and all side roads from Triangle Road to the end of Hite Cove Road. Residents are advised to please evacuate as soon as possible ...

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Ferguson Fire Now 1,000 Acres, More Evacuations Ordered

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson fire, burning in the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at about 1,000 acres. Smoky conditions have not allowed for exact mapping at this time. The fire is 5 percent contained. Fire activity picked up this afternoon about 3 p.m. as temperatures rose to near the 100 degree mark and ...

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Dozer Operator Killed In Rollover Accident On Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A dozer operator has been killed in a rollover accident on the Ferguson Fire burning along Highway 140 west of Yosemite. “It is with deep sadness that Cal Fire can confirm that this morning while battling the Ferguson Fire on the Sierra National Forest, Cal Fire Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney from the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced ...

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Highway 140 Still Closed As Ferguson Fire Doubles In Size

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire, burning outside the west entrance to Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 150 acres with 5 percent containment. The fire was reported at about 8:30 p.m. last night, and has closed Highway 140 from mile marker 37 (west of Midpines) to Cedar Lodge (see map below). One resident and 50 tourists were evacuated ...

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