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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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Firing Operations On Southeast Section Of Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – A bit of cloud cover this afternoon over the Willow Fire slowed fire activity enough for crews to make good progress on the day shift, and hold some crucial lines, especially on the north. There has been no update from this morning’s 3,383 acres with 30 percent containment, but there will be new numbers after this evening’s ...

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Firefighters Prep Homes Ahead Of Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – As residents in the Cascadel Woods and Douglas Ranger Station areas move out following this morning’s mandatory evacuation notice, firefighters have been rolling in. Their job is to go to each home and prepare it to be defended in the event that the Willow Fire does come through. Firefighters are moving flammable debris away from homes including ...

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DA Says Formal Charges Delayed On Willow Fire

MADERA – Due to the expanding acreage and uncertain nature of the Willow Fire, Madera County District Attorney David Linn has announced that formal charges will not be filed this week as his office may not receive official reports from the US Forest Service until sometime next week. Formal charges will not be filed until all reports have been received ...

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Red Cross Opens Shelter For Willow Fire Evacuees

OAKHURST — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has opened a shelter to assist residents affected by the ongoing Willow Fire at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B. The Red Cross previously established an evacuation center in response to the Willow Fire, but because of new mandatory evacuations for the Cascadel Woods community, volunteers have set up ...

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Cascadel Woods And Douglas Ranger Station Ordered To Evacuate

NORTH FORK – Due to increased fire activity on the Willow Fire, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the Cascadel Woods community. This evacuation order includes all residences off of Cascadel Road (Road 233), Mission Drive, Peckinpah Acres Drive and Cascadel Woods subdivision. The Douglas Ranger Station Road mandatory evacuation has been expanded to include the remainder of ...

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Willow Fire Continues To Move South

NORTH FORK – The Willow Fire ran another half-mile to the south in the last 24 hours, continuing it’s push across Peckinpah Mountain, and running to the east toward Whiskey Falls. The fire stayed mostly to the top of the mountain, and didn’t come down the slope. There was also a fairly healthy run on the northern perimeter in the ...

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Willow Fire Pushes South

NORTH FORK – The Willow Fire was very active today, putting up huge columns of smoke and raising concerns as residents once again lined the roadways to watch trees torching and helicopters and tankers come and go in rapid succession. As of 9 p.m. there is no update on estimated acreage, still reported at 2,077 with 30 percent containment. New ...

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