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Update On The Ben Fire Thursday 8 PM

MARIPOSA — The Ben fire, burning in Mariposa County, is holding at 630 acres and is 40 percent contained. There are currently 40 engines, 18 crews, 5 dozers and 9 water tenders assigned to the incident. Ben Hur and Buckeye, and Ben Hur at the entrance to the Quick Ranch are now open to residents only, according to Cal Fire. ...

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Cal Fire MMU Suspends All Burn Permits

MARIPOSA – After a wet winter, warming temperatures are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. ...

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Firefighters Get A Handle On Church Fire In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A fire behind a local church caused resources to be diverted from the Ben Fire, burning not far away in Mariposa County. Punishing drops from the air helped crews on the ground get a handle on the situation in short order. Just after 1:30 p.m. today firefighters were called to respond to reports of a fire burning behind ...

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Church Fire Burning Behind Sierra Pines Church

OAKHURST — Just after 1:30 p.m. today crews were called to respond to reports of a fire burning behind Sierra Pines Church in the Oakhurst/Ahwahnee area, off of Highway 49 at the cross of Vista del Rio. First engine on scene reported the fire at five acres with a moderate rate of spread. Structures out in front are threatened, and ...

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Update On The Ben Fire Thursday 12 PM

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Ben Fire, burning in Mariposa County, is now reported at 630 acres with 30 percent containment. There are currently 325 personnel assigned to the incident, including 30 engines, 20 crews, 9 dozers, 7 water tenders, 2 air tankers and 3 helicopters. Fire suppression resources both on the the ground and in the air continue to construct ...

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Update On Ben Fire In Mariposa County Thursday 8 AM

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Cal Fire has made a correction to the estimated acreage of the Ben Fire, burning near Ben Hur Road and Buckeye in Mariposa County. The fire is now reported at about 400 acres with 10 percent containment. There are currently 33 engines, 6 crews, 4 dozers, 4 water tenders, 3 air tanker and 3 helicopters assigned to ...

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Update On The Ben Fire In Mariposa County 10 PM

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Ben Fire, burning in the Mormon Bar area of Mariposa County, is now estimated at 800 acres, still with 0 percent containment, according the the latest report from Cal Fire. There are currently 33 engines, 6 crews, 4 water tenders and 8 bulldozers assigned to the incident. Air Attack, three helicopters and two air tankers are ...

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Ben Fire In Mariposa County Now Estimated At 600 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Ben Fire, burning in the Ben Hur area of Mariposa County, is now reported at about 600 acres with 0 percent containment. No structures are threatened at this time, according to Cal Fire, and no evacuations have been ordered. At about 4 p.m., a full wildland dispatch was called out to a fire reported near 3081 ...

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Ben Hur Fire Grows To Estimated 300 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY —  A fire burning in the Ben Hur area of Mariposa County is now reported at about 300 acres. At about 4 p.m., a full wildland dispatch was called out to a fire reported near 3081 Ben Hur Road near Silver Bar Road. It grew quickly to 20 acres within 30 minutes, and continues to push northeast from ...

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Madera County Fire Station 3 Relocated After Floor Collapses

MADERA COUNTY — After the floor of the sleeping quarters at Madera County Fire Station 3 collapsed under the bed of a firefighter last Saturday night, officials have closed down the building, and are exploring options to build a new station. The deplorable state of the trailer used to house the firefighters who man Station 3 is nothing new, and ...

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