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Car Fire Stops Traffic On Deadwood

OAKHURST — An Oakhurst couple on their way to Fresno for his scheduled stress test got a little more than they bargained for today, when their car caught fire on Deadwood. “I didn’t have to wait long for the stress part of the day,” joked driver Peter Cavanaugh as he stood beside the road near his burned out car. Cavanaugh, ...

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Widow Loses Her Home But Not Her Smile

NORTH FORK — Sometimes one meets the most remarkable people in the most tragic of situations. That was the case today when a long-time North Fork resident lost the home she had lived in for over 30 years on Road 226 (Old Town Road). Sarah Swiecki, known to everyone as Sally, was sitting in her living room watching television just ...

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Fire Destroys Motorhome, Closes Road 222, No Driver Found

NORTH FORK — A fire that burned a motorhome to the ground and closed Road 222 has left investigators perplexed as to what happened to the occupants. Just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, firefighters responded to reports of a motorhome on fire on Road 222 a couple miles north of Kerkoff Reservoir. When engines arrived on scene, they ...

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Firefighters Knock Down Escaped Burn In Cascadel

NORTH FORK – A property owner who has been working hard to do the right thing and get her land cleared of the nearly 100 percent tree mortality, did the right thing again when she called for firefighters after a burn pile got away. A resident on Cascadel Drive had hired a crew to clear her property, but when she ...

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Agencies Focus On Expanding Beneficial Use Of Fire

SACRAMENTO – Federal and State agency officials gathered today with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a Memorandum of Understanding that will “promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California,” said Cal Fire in a statement released today. Wildland fuels are continuing to build ...

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Pets Perish In Oakhurst Structure Fire

OAKHURST — Firefighters were called out just after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, for reports of a residential structure fire on Dorstan Lane, just off Road 222. When crews arrived they found a travel trailer fully engulfed in flames, which were quickly spreading to a nearby storage building. The fire also ignited a large cedar tree next to the ...

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Mariposa County Family Loses Everything In House Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Just after 3 a.m. this morning, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the Greeley Hill Area of Mariposa County. Mariposa County Fire Stations 24, 26 and 31 were dispatched along with Cal Fire to a two-story home, located in the 6700 block of Greeley Hill Road, ...

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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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