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Prescribed Burn On Kinsman Flat Begins Today

Kinsman Flat burn 2015 - photo US Forest Service

NORTH FORK – The Bass Lake Ranger District has begun ignition on the Kinsman Flat prescribed burn project this morning, Monday, Apr. 4. “The objective of the prescribed burn program is to protect our local communities from wildfire by not only reducing hazardous fuel conditions but by restoring, enhancing and sustaining a healthy forest ecosystem through reintroducing fire as a ...

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House Fire In Oakhurst Displaces Family

OAKHURST — A call-out just after 10 a.m. this morning sent firefighters to a home on Pine Ridge Road where the first engine on scene reported a two-story home with flames showing on the roof. The two young men, ages 22 and 24, who were home at the time say they had put a fire in the woodstove. Some time ...

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Firefighters On Scene At House Fire In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in the Royal Oaks area of town, where the upstairs of a two-story, single-family residence is fully engulfed in flames. The home, which has a shake roof, is located on the northwest corner of Pine Ridge Road and Pine Ridge Way. The call went out at approximately 10:10 a.m. ...

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Cal Fire Already Staffing Up For Fire Season

SACRAMENTO – With spring now taking hold in California, Cal Fire is already staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but Cal Fire says their firefighters are not letting their guard down; instead they are training for another ...

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Tree Crashes Onto A House In Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — Firefighters responded to a different kind of emergency tonight when a large bull pine crashed through the roof of a house. Just before 8 p.m. this evening, Engine 4295 from the Cal Fire Station in Coarsegold was called out for reports of a tree into a house on Douglas Road, just off Wells Road west of Coarsegold. When ...

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Carport Fire After Explosion Under The Hood

NORTH FORK — Firefighters had no sooner finished their job dealing with a car fire on Deadwood and returned to quarters, when they were called out to another car fire, this one in Teaford Meadow Lakes . At about 3:20 p.m., George Hathaway, 87, long time resident on the cul-du-sac known as Chipo Poyah, had gone out to the carport ...

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Car Fire Stops Traffic On Deadwood

OAKHURST — An Oakhurst couple on their way to Fresno for his scheduled stress test got a little more than they bargained for today, when their car caught fire on Deadwood. “I didn’t have to wait long for the stress part of the day,” joked driver Peter Cavanaugh as he stood beside the road near his burned out car. Cavanaugh, ...

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Widow Loses Her Home But Not Her Smile

NORTH FORK — Sometimes one meets the most remarkable people in the most tragic of situations. That was the case today when a long-time North Fork resident lost the home she had lived in for over 30 years on Road 226 (Old Town Road). Sarah Swiecki, known to everyone as Sally, was sitting in her living room watching television just ...

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Fire Destroys Motorhome, Closes Road 222, No Driver Found

NORTH FORK — A fire that burned a motorhome to the ground and closed Road 222 has left investigators perplexed as to what happened to the occupants. Just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, firefighters responded to reports of a motorhome on fire on Road 222 a couple miles north of Kerkoff Reservoir. When engines arrived on scene, they ...

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Firefighters Knock Down Escaped Burn In Cascadel

NORTH FORK – A property owner who has been working hard to do the right thing and get her land cleared of the nearly 100 percent tree mortality, did the right thing again when she called for firefighters after a burn pile got away. A resident on Cascadel Drive had hired a crew to clear her property, but when she ...

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