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Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On State Wildfires

CALIFORNIA — While the Broken Fire in Coarsegold is 100 percent contained, there are over 3,600 firefighters battling 10 major wildfires across California. Mild temperatures have given firefighters the opportunity to gain the upper hand on containing five large fires over the past couple of days. Temperatures will continue to remain below normal, but high winds and low humidity is ...

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Coarsegold Fire Now Estimated At 100 Acres

COARSEGOLD — The “Broken Fire,” so-named for its proximity to the long-closed Broken Bit Restaurant on Highway 41 north of Coarsegold, is now 80 percent contained at 103 acres as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. The fire broke out just before noon today on the Veater Ranch, threatening one home before the forward progress was stopped at about 3:20 p.m. Pre-evacuation ...

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Fire Near Coarsegold Grows To Estimated 50-75 Acres

COARSEGOLD — A fire just east of Highway 41 on Veater Ranch prompted the call-up of resources from all over the area, and is still burning as of 2:40 p.m. with zero percent containment. Just before noon today, crews responded to a vegetation fire burning about 1/2 mile off Highway 41 near the closed Broken Bit Restaurant north of Coarsegold. ...

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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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