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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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Individual Detained For Questioning In Series Of Fires

OAKHURST – Cal Fire has detained an unidentified individual for questioning in connection with a series of fires in the Bass Lake area today. Just before 3 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire on Road 222 between the Mountain House and Bass Lake. Witnesses didn’t see the fire start, but report that several people were stopping and ...

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Rough Fire Holding At Just Over 151,000 Acres

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Firelines are holding on the Rough Fire as interior fuels continue to burn out, crews are demobilized, and rehabilitation and repair becomes the order of the day. The Rough Fire is now estimated at 151,493 acres with 85 percent containment. There are currently 651 personnel assigned to the incident, including 9 crews, 26 engines, 4 helicopters, ...

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Saving Natural Resources On Wildland Fires

Written by John Nichols, Public Information Officer, Rough Fire – The Rough Fire has been burning for almost two months in rugged and diverse terrain on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and the Kings Canyon National Park. The fire started July 31 from a lightning strike. In the ensuing weeks, the fire grew to over 151,000 acres and at ...

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