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Driver Arrested For DUI After Crash Starts Fire

O’NEALS — What started as a response for a vegetation fire in O’Neals early this morning ended with an arrest for DUI. Firefighters were called out just before 3 a.m. for reports of the “side of the mountain on fire” just east of the Spring Valley School in O’Neals on Road 200. The first engine at scene reported about two ...

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Vegetation Fire Threatens Structures In Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — Crews rushed this afternoon to the scene of a grass fire burning on Hidden Knolls Road just south of Road 415. At 1:18 p.m. the first engine on scene reported the Knolls fire at about two acres, burning in grass with a moderate rate of spread. As resources continued to arrive, reports came in of structures threatened and vehicles involved. CHP and ...

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YHS Graduate Dies While Battling Wildfire

OAKHURST — Friends and family, and the entire fire service family, are mourning the loss of a private bulldozer operator who was killed while fighting a large wildfire in Monterey County on Tuesday, July 26. The man has been identified as Yosemite High School graduate and Friant resident Robert Reagan III, age 35, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire is ...

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Wildfires Affecting Air Quality In Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — Smoke from the Soberanes Fire burning in Monterey County is affecting air quality in locations throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Sierra, warns the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Unusually high particulate matter and ozone levels throughout the area are prompting Air District officials to issue a health cautionary statement Valley-wide. The wildfires ...

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Madera County Supervisors Move Forward On Public Safety Tax

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during a special meeting today to approve the Draft Sales Tax Expenditure Plan aimed at putting a public safety tax measure before the voters in March 2017. This is the next step toward putting a one-cent sales tax measure on the ballot, revenues from which would be specifically designated ...

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Oakhurst Crash And Vehicle Fire Keep First Responders Busy

OAKHURST — A three-vehicle crash on Highway 41, followed by a vehicle fire on the north end of town kept firefighters and law enforcement busy in the Oakhurst area this morning. At 8:46 a.m., reports came in of a multi-vehicle crash on Deadwood just south of Oakhurst. A 63-year-old Coarsegold man was southbound on Highway 41 in a 2001 Toyota ...

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Update On Serpa Fire 12 PM Saturday

COARSEGOLD — As firefighters continue to strengthen firelines and do mop-up on the Serpa Fire, many are being released to be available for any new incidents. The fire is reported at 80 percent containment this morning, with the size re-estimated at 77 acres. All restrictions were lifted as of 5 p.m. yesterday, and the public is allowed to access all ...

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Update On The Serpa Fire 4 PM Friday

COARSEGOLD — The Serpa Fire is now 70 percent contained and all restrictions have been lifted for the public to travel in and out of the areas along Cavin Lane and Mattie Fhy roads, according to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Jaime Williams. The fire is still holding at 80 acres, and crews continue to strengthen firelines, check for hot ...

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Update On The Serpa Fire 10 AM Friday

COARSEGOLD — Firefighters made very good progress overnight on the Serpa Fire, burning just east of Highway 41 north of Coarsegold. The fire is holding at 80 acres with 50 percent containment. Crews continue to work hot spots, strengthen firelines and do mop-up. There are currently 26 engines, 5 dozers and 6 water tenders working the fire. Helicopters are operating ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Remainder Of Serpa Fire Area

COARSEGOLD — As firefighters continue their work on the Serpa Fire, officials have lifted all evacuations for the remaining areas south of Road 420. As of 9 a.m., residents are being allowed to return home to the Cavin Lane/Mattie Fhy areas, plus Snyder Road and Paulsen Lane. Only residents will be allowed into the area, so please have IDs ready. ...

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