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People Cause 95 Percent Of California Wildfires

SACRAMENTO – In the past two months, California has experienced a rash of large and damaging wildfires and in almost every single case, the fire was preventable. It’s true — 95 percent of all wildfires are caused by the activity of people! Cal Fire is asking, especially with the holiday weekend, that all Californians do their part now to help ...

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Structure Fire Near Oakhurst Church

OAKHURST — Firefighters responded to a structure fire near the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church just before midnight on Thursday. At 11:25 p.m., two CHP officers responded to reports of a fire burning in a small building next to the church. Two people who live on the property had seen the flames and called 911, according to the officers. The residents ...

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Firefighters Battle Two Separate Blazes Tonight

MOUNTAIN AREA  — Two separate fires burning miles apart kept fire crews busy this evening in North Fork and Catheys Valley. At 6:47 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire burning on Wind Dancer Way just off Road 235 above Redinger Lake. Cal Fire Engine 4255 was first at scene and reported one 900 sq. ft. structure fully involved ...

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Ten Large Wildfires Burning Across California

CALIFORNIA — Over 12,300 firefighters are battling 10 large wildfires in California. Despite mild temperatures yesterday, dry and gusty conditions allowed for two new fires to spread quickly and force evacuations in Butte and Kern counties. This weekend the weather is expected to remain relatively mild as it has over the past week. Dry conditions will continue in many areas ...

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Cause Of Broken Fire Released

COARSEGOLD – Fire Investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit determined equipment use as the cause of the Broken Fire. The Broken Fire started on July 4, and was caused by a bulldozer striking a rock in dry grass. This fire ultimately burned 102 acres of vegetation north of Coarsegold, near the Broken ...

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Wildfires Char Over 417,000 Acres In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 6 large wildfires in California. This morning firefighters were able to contain the destructive Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County which has been burning since Aug. 12. The Blue Cut Fire burned an estimated 321 structures, including 105 homes, making it the 20th most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Last week firefighters ...

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Calling Local Heroes To Become Paid Call Firefighters

Written by Maureen Walling — MADERA COUNTY — When disaster strikes, be it fire, accident or a medical emergency, we all count on our firefighters to be there in minutes to render aid. But what happens if the nearest fire station has no one available to respond? What if the station in your area is closed because there are no ...

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Car Crash Knocks Out Power South Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST  – Crews are on scene of a motor vehicle accident on Road 425B that knocked out power to over 500 customers and started a vegetation fire. Just after 6:30 p.m. a grey sedan hit a power pole near Stillmeadow Drive near the top of Road 425B. Fire engines were dispatched to the scene, and a fire of about one-quarter ...

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Firefighters Trapped While Defending Homes On Bluecut Fire

CALIFORNIA — Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 8 large wildfires across California. While making good progress on six of these blazes, two new fires ignited yesterday, rapidly burning more than 30,000 acres in southern California. The Bluecut Fire started yesterday at 10:36 a.m. in the Cajon Pass west of Interstate 15, and quickly grew to over 30,000 acres prompting the ...

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Eight Large Wildfires Burning In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 8,800 firefighters are currently battling 8 large wildfires across California, according to Cal Fire. While yesterday’s high temperatures allowed several of the fires to grow in size, firefighters were able to contain three of the active wildfires that burned this weekend. Two Strike Teams of engines (5 per team) and one team of dozers (2 per team) ...

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