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Firefighters Quickly Handle The Musick Fire

AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, which was burning in the Jose Basin area west of Shaver Lake, is now 100 percent contained at 33 acres. The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon on the Sierra National Forest. Quick actions and available firefighters coming from the recent Willow Fire made for an effective plan that allowed crews to ...

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Yosemite Falls Trails Closed Due To Fire

YOSEMITE – All trails to Yosemite Falls are temporarily closed from the Valley and from various trailheads above Yosemite Creek due to fire suppression activity in the area. On Monday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m., several visitors called 9-1-1 to report a fire at the top of Upper Yosemite Fall switchbacks. Yosemite Helicopter 551 responded with the park helitack crew ...

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Fire In Jose Basin Forces Evacuations

AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, burning along Forest Road 9S07 between Power House Road and Highway 168, is adding to the already smoky skies and frayed nerves of the mountain area. The fire was reported shortly after noon today at about 5 to 10 acres. Crews are on scene and more are en route to the fire, which was most ...

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Lake Co. Man Arrested For Starting Backfire

LAKE COUNTY, CALIF. – As firefighters battled the Jerusalem Fire, estimated at 5,000 acres and burning southeast of Clear Lake in northern California, Cal Fire Law Enforcement officers arrested Juan Ramos Silva, 49, of Lower Lake, Calif., for one count of arson and allegedly starting a backfire. Silva was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 9, at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Press ...

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YLP Fire Burns Between Homes On Meadow Drive

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – Crews responded to a vegetation fire on Meadow Lane off Lilley Mountain Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park this afternoon at about 5 p.m. First engine at scene reported the fire at approximately 1/4 acre with one house immediately threatened. Sheriff’s deputies prepared to evacuate residents if necessary, but it didn’t come to that as firefighters quickly ...

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Rough Fire Doubles In Size

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Yesterday afternoon the lightning-caused Rough Fire, burning on the Sierra National Forest north of Hume Lake, became very active doubling in size, from 600 to 1,200 acres with zero percent containment. Though the fire is southeast of Shaver Lake and some 50 miles from Oakhurst as the crow flies, smoke from the fire has impacted the ...

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Vehicle Fire Threatens Homes On Road 226

NORTH FORK – A pickup that caught fire on Old Town Road (Road 226) this morning blocked traffic and set neighbors’ nerves on edge as it spread into the vegetation. The driver of the Ford pickup was westbound on Road 226 just after 11 a.m., when he reportedly ran out of gas. After retrieving a gas can, he returned to ...

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Rough Fire Burns In Nearly Inaccessible Terrain Near Kings River

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On July 31, lightning storms ignited several fires on the Sierra National Forest. Firefighters were successful in controlling all but one, which has been dubbed the Rough Fire. Located midway up the steep, rocky canyon walls of the upper Kings River drainage by Deer Ridge (Monarch Wilderness) and Rough Spur Ridge, the fire was last reported ...

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Willow Fire Rehab Continues, Central Camp Road Open

NORTH FORK – Firefighters continue mop-up and suppression repair on the Willow Fire, which burned 5,702 acres northeast of North Fork, and is now 90 percent contained. Crews are being demobilized to other fires across the state, and the number of personnel assigned to the incident is now 864. The public is reminded that a lot of firefighting equipment will ...

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Willow Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

NORTH FORK – Demobilization continues on the Willow Fire, now estimated at 5,702 acres with 80 percent containment. Crews are being released to other fires across the state, and activity is winding down at the Incident Command Post. There are currently 1,313 personnel assigned to the incident. All remaining evacuations will be lifted as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, ...

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