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Three Cats Perish In A Coarsegold House Fire

COARSEGOLD — The occupants of a home off Cavin Lane escaped the dense smoke of a house fire Sunday afternoon, but lost at least three of their beloved cats. Firefighters were called out to reports of a structure fire just before 3 p.m. The first responder to arrive at the scene reported heavy smoke pouring from all sides of the ...

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Fire Closes Highway 41 Near Blackhawk Lodge

 O’NEALS — Crews responded to a vegetation fire today near the Blackhawk Lodge that threatened at least one structure and snarled traffic on a stretch of Highway 41 just north of Road 200. Firefighters were called out at 12:50 p.m. to the fire which was burning in grass and oak brush just adjacent to the southbound lane. The first engine ...

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Near Record Temps Drive California Fires

CALIFORNIA — Engines from the Madera-Mariposa-Merced (MMU) Cal Fire Unit are being sent to other regions across the state, joining over 4,900 firefighters battling 7 large wildfires burning in California. No mountain area stations are being left unmanned, as resources from surrounding areas are moving in to cover those stations, and Paid Call Firefighters are stepping up for additional staffing. ...

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Two Evening Fires Keep Crews Busy

MOUNTAIN AREA — Firefighters were scrambling to respond to two separate fires reported within minutes of each other this evening. Just before 9 p.m., crews were called out to reports of a vegetation fire on Road 400 just south of Yosemite Springs Parkway. A full wildland dispatch was called up, including dozers and one engine out of Fresno. Just moments ...

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Over 66 Million Trees Dead In California

SACRAMENTO — As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California’s forest health and wildfire danger. Today, the US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles ...

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Fire Prompting Limited Evacuations Near Bootjack

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire burning just south of Bootjack on Humbug Creek Drive off Indian Peak Road. Crews were called out just after 2 p.m. First engine at scene reported the fire at 1/2 acre, burning in grass and oak with a moderate rate of spread. Engines, water tenders and two crews out ...

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Burn Permits Suspended In Mountain Area

MARIPOSA – While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. This suspension took effect June 17, and bans all residential outdoor ...

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Crews Respond To Fire Near Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Residents and visitors to Bass Lake this morning heard a helicopter working in the area, and were understandably concerned, considering the high fire danger. Just after 9 a.m., reports came in of a smoke between Bass Lake and Central Camp. Sierra National Forest crews had to hike in to the location, where they found a 10 x ...

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Crews Make Quick Work Of Hensley Lake Fire

HENSLEY LAKE — Firefighters quickly took care of a vegetation fire in the Raymond area this afternoon, having it fully contained within less than 20 minutes of dispatch. At about 3:25 p.m., crews were called out to a fire on Road 400 in the Buck Ridge Day Use Area at Hensley Lake. First engine at scene at 3:36 p.m., reported ...

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Dove Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters made excellent progress on the Dove Fire overnight, and officials now report the fire is 100 percent contained at an estimated 50 acres. Crews will continue to work on hot spots throughout today and tomorrow. Heavy timber and down fuel will require substantial mop-up work. There are no aircraft over the fire today. Approximately 100 personnel ...

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