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Mountain Area Minors Arrested For Arson

MADERA – Two mountain area juveniles have been arrested by Cal Fire Battalion Chief Bernie Quinn, and are now booked in Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility. The pair are suspected of starting the Sundance Fire near Oakhurst that closed Road 420 and prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents on the afternoon of Sept.13. The District Attorney’s Office will file a ...

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Fire Near Road 200 In O’Neals Area

O’NEALS – Just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, firefighters responded to a vegetation fire on My Way near House Ranch Road just off Road 200 between O’Neals and North Fork. First engine at scene reported 3-5 acres burning in grass and woodlands, with a moderate rate of spread. Madera County Engines 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and Water ...

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Smoke From Rough Fire Due To Burnouts

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Smoke was visible again today from the Rough Fire, due to tactical firing operations. Unburned pockets of fuel continue to burn with higher temperatures over the fire area. Firefighters will strengthen and hold containment lines during these operations to prevent escape. Rough Fire has burned within 250 yards of the General Grant – the 2nd largest ...

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Growth Of Rough Fire Slows As Temps Rise

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire is now estimated at 141,491 acres, up only slightly from yesterday’s estimate of 141,201 acres. Containment remains at 68 percent. There have been 4 structures lost in the fire, and 7 firefighters have been injured. Details of those injuries are not available. Firefighter fatigue is continually being monitored due to the lengthy effects of ...

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Areas Near Rough Fire To Reopen

HUME LAKE RANGER DISTRICT & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK – The National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service are excited to share with the public the plan and timetable for the reopening of the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park, the road between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (the Generals Highway), and parts of the Giant ...

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Tenaya Fire Contained, Trails Reopened

YOSEMITE – The Tenaya Fire is now 100 percent contained at 415 acres. Total containment was achieved at noon yesterday, Sept. 16. Fire crews will continue mop up activities over the next few days. All trails have been reopened, however signs are posted warning hikers to stay on the trail while hiking adjacent to this fire. The Tenaya Fire is ...

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Firefighters Gaining Ground On Rough Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST  – Due to the diligence and hard work of crews and aircraft resources, the fire has now reached 67 percent containment. The weather conditions have cooperated with firefighting efforts to allow the increase in containment. Lines continued to be patrolled and mopped up throughout the night. Total acreage increased to 140,760 acres and the Rough Fire remains ...

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Tenaya Fire And Three Others Burn In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – There are currently four fires burning in Yosemite. One is being actively suppressed, while the other three are being closely monitored. Tenaya Fire (37 46.091 x 119 34.641 – Mariposa Co., 7200’ El. 8/7). The estimated acreage on the Tenaya Fire is now 415 acres with 90 percent containment. The change in estimated size is due to more ...

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Rain Assists Crews On 140,000 Acre Rough Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – A bit of precipitation yesterday brought welcome relief from the heat, and helped to dampen down some of the fire behavior on the Rough Fire, now estimated at 139,133 with 40 percent containment. There are currently 3,741 personnel assigned to the incident. The foothill communities west of the fire saw clearing skies as the winds moved ...

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Sundance Fire Suspected To Be Arson

OAKHURST – The Sundance Fire, that closed Road 420 and prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes in the area of Sundance Drive yesterday, is believed to have been started by two juveniles playing with spray cans and some form of ignition that torched off the surrounding vegetation, according to District Attorney David Linn. Linn and investigator David Engstrom of ...

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