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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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Fire Resources Called Out For Burn Pile

NORTH FORK – As if firefighters weren’t weary enough from this long summer of fires, they were called out this afternoon for reports of a smoke on House Ranch Road just off Road 200 between North Fork and O’Neals. It was a burn pile. Someone apparently decided that a few drops of rain had erased the danger of years of ...

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Drone Grounds Aircraft Battling Sundance Fire

OAKHURST – In the midst of a firefight along Road 420 this afternoon, while residents were evacuating, crews were cutting fireline, and tankers and helicopters were dropping water and retardant, two tankers were forced to return to Fresno with half their load undelivered, and three helicopters were grounded when someone decided to fly a drone over the Sundance Fire south ...

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Sundance Fire Closes Road 420, Prompts Evacuations

OAKHURST – A fire burning along Road 420 just off Highway 41 on the south side of Deadwood has prompted road closures and evacuations. Just after 3:30 p.m. today, several reports came in of a smoke just south of Road 420 at Sundance Drive, about 1/2 mile east of Highway 41. The first few engines on scene attacked the fire ...

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Red Cross Opens Shelter For Sundance Fire Evacuees

COARSEGOLD — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley is opening a shelter to assist residents affected by the Sundance Fire. The shelter is located at the Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave. in Yosemite Lakes Park. Red Cross volunteers will provide lodging, meals, hygiene kits and more for the evacuated families. “We started working with our government ...

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