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Strong Winds Blast Willow Fire, Firefighters Hold The Line

NORTH FORK – Just hours after crews completed firing operations along the southern perimeter of the Willow Fire, their work was tested by Mother Nature as gusts approaching 40 mph blasted through the Willow Creek drainage. Just after 9 p.m. last night, winds began blowing from the north at sustained speeds of up to 16 mph, sending embers flying and ...

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Who Are These People Running This Fire?

NORTH FORK – As the Willow Fire has played out over the past eight days, and residents have watched in alarm as huge plumes of smoke rise over Peckinpah Mountain, people may have wondered just who’s running this show. Well, that would be a group of calm, methodical, deliberate individuals who make up the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management ...

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The Willow Fire – What A Difference A Day Makes

NORTH FORK –  At the morning briefing today crews were told that this would be a pivotal day on the Willow Fire. That certainly proved to be true. Huge columns of smoke rose from the foot of Peckinpah Mountain throughout the morning and much of the afternoon as firefighters burned out vegetation inside control lines. The show started long before ...

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Fires Pose Health Concerns

COUNTY – Two wildfires, Willow Fire in Madera County and Cabin Fire in Tulare County, have prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts throughout the eight-county air basin: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties. As any local resident can attest, currently smoke impacts are concentrated ...

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Residents Encouraged After Town Hall Meeting On Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – It was a full house for a Town Hall meeting this afternoon as fire officials shared the latest updates on the Willow Fire, and answered questions from residents. Incident Commander David Cooper and his team hosted the meeting, explaining the firing operation currently underway, and making educated predictions on when evacuated residents might be allowed to return ...

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Firefighters Gaining Ground On Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – Crews made good progress on the Willow Fire overnight, holding and strengthening existing lines and continuing burnout operations. The fire is now estimated at 5,116 acres and is 50 percent contained. Crews continued firing along the southeastern flank throughout the night, removing fuels that threaten the fireline protecting the Cascadel Woods area. While the winds were mostly ...

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Firing Operations Continue on Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – Firing operations along control lines continued throughout the day on the Willow Fire, as crews worked to burn out fuels inside the southeastern perimeter. At this writing, there has been no updated size since the last estimate of 4,394 acres, but the fire is now reported at 40 percent containment. Heavy smoke took a while to lift ...

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Governor Declares State Of Emergency

SACRAMENTO – With wildfires burning across the state being continually exacerbated by severe drought conditions and extreme weather, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today declared a state of emergency in California to help mobilize additional firefighting and disaster response resources. “California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox,” said Governor Brown. “Our courageous ...

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Willow Fire Community Meeting

NORTH FORK –  Incident personnel from the Willow Fire will be hosting a community meeting Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at the North Fork Town Hall, located at 33060 Rd 228. Incident Managers will be talking about current and expected fire behavior, evacuation status and addressing other concerns the community may have due to the Willow Fire. Representatives from ...

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Willow Fire Now Over 4,000 Acres

NORTH FORK – Firefighters got a break over the last 24 hours with cloud cover, higher humidity recovery and even a very small amount of rain overnight. The Willow Fire is now estimated at 4,394 acres with 30 percent containment. Resources continue to roll in to the Incident Command Post, boosting the number of personnel assigned to the incident to ...

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