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Hunters Fire Grows To 1,300 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Hunters Fire, which started yesterday afternoon at 3:33 p.m. in Mariposa County has now grown to 1,300 acres, and is still at just 20% containment. The fire is burning just west of Highway 49 near Lake McClure, between Mariposa and Coulterville. The blaze began as a structure fire on Monday, May 26, and quickly spread into ...

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Smokey Bear Coloring Contest

OAKHURST – Kids, it’s time to get out your crayons, markers, colored pencils or paints: the 2014 Smokey Bear Coloring Contest is here, and entries have a chance to win some really great prizes! The deadline for submissions is June 20.

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Hunters Fire Now Over 900 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Hunters Fire, burning just west of Highway 49 near Lake McClure, has now grown to 900 acres with 20% containment. The blaze began as a structure fire at 3:33 p.m. on Monday, May 26, and quickly spread into surrounding vegetation. The fire is burning in rolling hills on the south shore of the lake and nearly ...

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Evacuations Ordered For Hunters Valley Fire

HUNTERS VALLEY – A 500 acre fire is burning in the Hunters Valley area of Mariposa County near Lake McClure just west of Highway 49. Mandatory evacuation orders are now in place for all of Hunters Valley Road to Bear Valley Road, including Hunter’s Valley access road and Detwiler Road.

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New Air Tankers On Board For Fire Season

WASHINGTON – In the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest, the U.S. Forest Service is adding four additional aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft to 21 large airtankers (with opportunities to add additional aircraft, if needed) and more than 100 helicopters. The new aircraft will ...

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Fire On North Dome In YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – Residents returning home late this afternoon were greeting with a sight that had become all to familiar last summer – smoke rising above the community of YLP. At about 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, firefighters responded to a report of a fire on North Dome, which is tucked away on the back side of YLP ...

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Fire Near Minarets Work Center

NORTH FORK – Firefighters on the Sierra National Forest got an early start to their season on Tuesday when a hazard reduction burn pile escaped up at Arnold Meadow just west of Minarets Work Center on the Bass Lake Ranger District. The fire burned 2.6 acres before being brought under control by Battalion 52, North Fork Engine 51, Batterson E13, ...

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Prescribed Burn On Source Kinsman Project

Submitted by Burt Stalter, Bass Lake Ranger District Battalion Chief NORTH FORK – The Sierra National Forest Bass Lake Ranger District will be igniting a prescribed burn on the Source Kinsman Fuels Project starting on Monday, Apr. 14 with a test burn, and continuing with the remainder of the burn unit on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on weather conditions. This ...

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Fire Near Oakhurst Burns Outbuilding

OAKHURST – Firefighters responded to report of a structure fire on Birch Circle off Road 426 this morning just after 9 a.m. The first engine on-scene, Cal Fire Engine 4254 out of Bass Lake, reported a 15 x 30 ft. wood frame storage shed was over 50% involved when they arrived.

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Fire Destroys Home In Indian Lakes

COARSEGOLD – If ever you must go through the anguish of having your home destroyed by fire, may you be blessed with good neighbors. Just after 7 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 24, Harvey White and his roommate Kim were in their home on Blackfoot Road just off Road 417 in Indian Lakes, when they heard the sound of glass breaking ...

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