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Fire Near O’Neals Destroys One Home

O’NEALS — An estimated 39 acres were burned and several structures lost when what started as a vegetation fire closed Road 211 in the O’Neals area this afternoon. Just before 3 p.m., Vanessa Sammons was checking on her cows at an address between Hildreth Road and Sierra Oaks Lane when she saw a fire burning near the house on the ...

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Single-Vehicle Crash Sparks Fire Near Raymond

RAYMOND — Firefighters and aircraft responded to reports of a fire caused by a non-injury motor vehicle accident in the Raymond area today. At about 10:15 a.m., a Saturn Vue crashed off the roadway, igniting a vegetation fire on Road 400 near Road 406 just south of Hensley Lake. Engines were dispatched, along with a water tender, dozer, two crews ...

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Unsung Hero Saves Family From House Fire

NORTH FORK — When a fire destroyed a mobile home in North Fork last Friday, everyone was very lucky to have gotten out alive and unscathed. However the real story of how that happened and who was responsible for saving six lives is just now being told. It was just after 10 p.m. on May 20, and Zachary Zukovsky was ...

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Cal Fire Increases Staffing Over Memorial Day

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, Cal Fire is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California ...

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Mountain Area Merchants Hold Fire Preparedness Fair

OAKHURST — The term “fire season” seems to have replaced the word “summer” in the local lexicon, and as the days grow warmer area residents may want to make note of a special event happening locally that should serve to alleviate some stress. Mountain Area Merchants Association (MAMA) invites the community to a day designed to spread the word about ...

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Vegetation Fire Near Redinger Lake

NORTH FORK — Firefighters put a quick stop to a vegetation fire at Redinger Lake late this afternoon, even with the long, winding and narrow road they had to maneuver to get down to the dam/boat launch area. Just after 5:30 p.m. reports came in of a small grass fire near the boat ramp. First engine at scene reported it ...

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North Fork Family Loses Everything In House Fire

NORTH FORK — A family in the Bass Lake Mobile Home park lost everything, including some of their pets, in a fire that destroyed their mobile home last night. Just after 10 p.m. on Friday, a couple and their four children were settling in for the night when a neighbor saw smoke and ran to the house, shouting at them ...

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Crews Tackle Two Vegetation Fires Near Mariposa

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters in the Mariposa area were kept busy today responding to a pair of vegetation fires, with others moving up to cover stations left unmanned when their engines were called out. Just after 3:30 p.m. crews were dispatched to reports of an escaped control burn on Ben Hur Road just south of Mariposa. First engine at scene ...

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Cal Fire Declares Wildfire Awareness Week

SACRAMENTO – After a destructive fire season in 2015, conditions in California are already drying out prompting Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to declare May 1-7, 2016 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” During Wildfire Awareness Week, Cal Fire is stressing the critical role all Californians play in preparing for fire season now. “The rain we received this winter and spring has ...

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Burning In Mariposa County Now Requires Permit

MARIPOSA COUNTY —  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1, all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in Mariposa County. Permits are required year round in Madera County. The following guidelines are required when conducting a hazard reduction burn: Property owners conducting hazard ...

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