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Don’t Let A House Fire Ruin Your Holidays

MOUNTAIN AREA – Cal Fire is called to many home fires this time of year when the response could have been prevented by simple home heating equipment maintenance procedures. To help reduce the number of home fires the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit is reminding the public that all home-heating equipment should be inspected. The following is a list of heating problems that ...

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Cal Fire Now Hiring For 2016 Season

SACRAMENTO — Have you ever dreamed of working for one of the largest firefighting agencies in the world? Now is the time to apply. Cal Fire is currently accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. “Working for Cal Fire can open the door to many exciting opportunities for someone interested ...

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Cal Fire Lifts Burn Permit Suspension On Nov. 23

MOUNTAIN AREA — Effective Monday, Nov. 23, at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in Madera Mariposa Merced Unit (MMU) of Cal Fire will be lifted, which will affect State Responsibility Areas within Mariposa, Madera and Merced Counties. Cal Fire MMU Unit Chief, Nancy Koerperich, is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension, with no elevation restrictions, and advises that those ...

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Burn Permit Suspension Lifted – Hours Restricted

MARIPOSA  – Effective today at 8 a.m. the burn permit suspension in Madera Mariposa Merced Unit (MMU) of Cal Fire has been lifted, according to Fire Prevention Specialist Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer. This affects State Responsibility Areas within Mariposa County, Madera County, and Merced Counties.  Cal Fire MMU Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension, and advises that ...

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Prescribed Fire Planned in Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite National Park on or before Wednesday, Oct. 28, weather and conditions permitting. There are two locations being considered for this prescribed burn and the final decision will be based on weather and air quality conditions. The prescribed burn will either occur in the Mariposa Grove of ...

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Prescribed Fire Scheduled In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – A series of fires are being prescribed in the park, according to Yosemite National Park Fire Managers. The prescribed burns would start in mid-October depending on weather and fuel conditions. Shorter days and cooler temperatures provide fire managers optimal prescribed burning conditions. The Taft Toe project is the first of the scheduled prescribed fires, located along Southside Drive between El ...

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Preliminary Hearing Results For Arson Suspect

MADERA COUNTY – A preliminary hearing was held today at Bass Lake Superior Court for Michael Lee Lapschies, 40, who was previously charged with eight felony counts of arson and one felony count of terrorist threats, according to the District Attorney’s office. Lapschies was arraigned Thursday, Oct. 8 on an additional complaint filed for a violation of Penal Code section ...

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Firefighters Make Quick Work Of Fire Near Ahwahnee

AHWAHNEE – Just as things were winding down at the North Fork Town Hall, where firefighters were honoring one of their own who passed away last week, they were called out to a vegetation fire on Road 600 near Road 810. At about 3:50 p.m., reports came in of a smoke southwest of Ahwahnee. First engine on scene reported the ...

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Arson Suspect Has Bail Raised to $550,000

MADERA COUNTY – At 1:30 p.m today in Department 21 of the Madera County Superior Court, Michael Lee Lapschies was arraigned on eight felony counts of arson and one felony count of making criminal threats. Lapschies was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after a series of eight fires in the Bass Lake area. The first was reported just before 3 ...

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Suspect Arrested For Arson After Multiple Fires Near Bass Lake

MADERA COUNTY – A suspect has been arrested in connection with a rash of fires in the Bass Lake area yesterday. According to Cal Fire, there were eight separate ignitions, with the first reported just before 3 p.m. on Road 222 near Pettitt Road. Crews responded to a second fire about 30 minutes later on Road 222 near Miller’s Landing, ...

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