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Alleged Willow Fire Arsonist Remanded To Juvenile Detention

MADERA – The juvenile who allegedly started the Willow Fire that burned over 5,700 acres near North Fork, appeared in Madera Superior Court this morning, and was ordered detained in the Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility while awaiting his next court appearance, scheduled for Aug. 28. The boy is accused of starting the fire on Saturday, July 25, by playing ...

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Another Fire Near The Top Of Road 425B

OAKHURST – A full wildland dispatch was called up for another vegetation fire today near the top of Deadwood, about one-half mile down Road 425B. A call came in just before 4 p.m. about a fire burning approximately 100-yards downslope from the scene of a fire that burned last Thursday. The first engine on scene reported the fire at 100 ...

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Minor Who Started John West Fires Placed On House Arrest

MADERA – The minor who started the John West fires last year near Oakhurst appeared in Madera Superior Court today in response to a petition filed, alleging that he had violated the order issued by Superior Court Judge James Oakley, spelling out the terms of his probation. His violations involved inappropriate activities, such as taking pictures and being in close ...

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Smoke From Rough Fire Continues To Impact Central Sierra

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Mountain area residents continue to experience smoke from the Rough Fire, burning southeast of Madera County about 50 miles, near Hume Lake off Highway 180. The Rough Fire grew 4,048 acres on Sunday, and is now estimated at nearly 21,000 acres with 0 percent containment. The fire was lightning-caused. It was reported on July 31, and ...

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Crews Respond To Report Of Fire At North Fork Pizza Factory

NORTH FORK – At 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, firefighters were called out to the Pizza Factory in North Fork for reports of a structure fire. The report came after power went out in the Pizza Factory, and owner Greg Kissee went downstairs to investigate. He discovered smoke billowing out of the room where the electrical breakers are located ...

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Fire On Road 425B Quickly Knocked Down

OAKHURST – Just after 4 p.m. today crews were called out to reports of a vegetation fire on Road 425B near Green Acres Drive in Oakhurst, about one-quarter mile off of Highway 41 near the top of Deadwood. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson spotted the smoke from Oakhurst and called the Command Center to report it. Sierra National Forest ...

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Two Fires Prompt Health Caution From Air District

MOUNTAIN AREA – The smoke from two area wildfires has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in Merced, Madera, Fresno and Tulare Counties foothills and mountain areas, and the Valley portion of Kern County. The Rough Fire, burning in Fresno County near Hume Lake is now nearly 10,000 acres, and the Cabin Fire ...

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Firefighters Quickly Handle The Musick Fire

AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, which was burning in the Jose Basin area west of Shaver Lake, is now 100 percent contained at 33 acres. The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon on the Sierra National Forest. Quick actions and available firefighters coming from the recent Willow Fire made for an effective plan that allowed crews to ...

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Yosemite Falls Trails Closed Due To Fire

YOSEMITE – All trails to Yosemite Falls are temporarily closed from the Valley and from various trailheads above Yosemite Creek due to fire suppression activity in the area. On Monday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m., several visitors called 9-1-1 to report a fire at the top of Upper Yosemite Fall switchbacks. Yosemite Helicopter 551 responded with the park helitack crew ...

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Fire In Jose Basin Forces Evacuations

AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, burning along Forest Road 9S07 between Power House Road and Highway 168, is adding to the already smoky skies and frayed nerves of the mountain area. The fire was reported shortly after noon today at about 5 to 10 acres. Crews are on scene and more are en route to the fire, which was most ...

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