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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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Dove Fire Now 50 Percent Contained

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Crews continue their suppression work on the Dove Fire, burning in the Jerseydale area of Mariposa County. The fire is now reported to be 50 percent contained and holding at just over 70 acres, according to the Incident Commander. The fire, which started just after noon on Tuesday, June 7, is burning on the Sierra National Forest, ...

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Two Fires Burning In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Just after noon today, reports began coming in of a fire in the Jerseydale area of Mariposa County, just north of Bootjack and Darrah Road near the Jerseydale Fire Station north of Wild Dove Lane. Once the first personnel arrived at scene, they reported the fire at about one-half acre, burning in heavy timber with lots of ...

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Video Shows First Moments Of Dove Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — SNO reader Brian Bissmeyer was standing at the Jerseydale Fire Station as smoke from the Dove Fire was billowing up from the mountain in the early moments of the incident. Brian sent us this 50 seconds of video footage from before any response was in the air. As of 4 p.m. there are 100 personnel assigned to ...

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Bass Lake Home Destroyed By Fire

BASS LAKE — A resident who has lived at Bass Lake for nearly 25 years lost a house in a fire today. If ever there were an upside to such an event, it is that the house that burned was a rental property; and the home he shares with his wife next door was spared as firefighters kept the flames ...

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