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Update On Fire Near Miami Mountain

AHWAHNEE – Firefighters responded to reports of a column of smoke rising in the area of Miami Mountain Lookout just before 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The fire burned just west of Highway 49, north of Ahwahnee off Miami Mountain Road. First engine at scene reported the fire about 1/2 to 3/4 acre. Air tankers and helicopters were quickly over ...

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Fire Captain Credits Defensible Space With Saving Home

NORTH FORK – When the fire came racing toward their house, destroying everything in its path, the family grabbed what they could, loaded their pets and raced down the driveway ahead of the flames. They watched from a distance as it flashed through their property, trees torching out ahead of the wall of fire. Days later when they returned to ...

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Sky Ranch Road Re-Opens

OAKHURST – The Sky Fire, that started on Thursday, June 18, near Oakhurst, is now 96% contained and was last reported at 500 acres. Due to suppression efforts, dangerous trees in the area, and heavy equipment working along the roadway, the Sierra National Forest deemed it necessary to close Road 632 (Sky Ranch) for the safety of the public. As ...

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Assessing The Damage On Recent Fires

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team for the Sky and Corrine Fire is working to complete its assessment and recommendations to lessen immediate hazards to public resources from the effects of the fire. The team is led by geologist Alan Gallegos from the Sierra National Forest. The BAER team is made up of specialists from ...

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Drones Ground Aircraft On SoCal Fires

CALIFORNIA – Firefighters were faced with a major challenge on the Lake Fire in San Bernardino County on Wednesday as a hobby drone, or (UAS) unmanned aircraft system, was spotted in the fire area where airtankers were flying. Just before 6 p.m. in the Onyx Summit area an airtanker spotted the drone in the area where the firefighting aircraft were ...

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Containment Date For Sky Fire Announced

OAKHURST – Sky Ranch Road (632) remains closed as firefighters continue to remove dead and burned trees from along the roadway, and equipment is still working in the area. Campgrounds above the fire area are open, including Soquel, Grey’s Mountain and Nelder Grove, according to the Sky Fire Public Information Officer, though access will be from Beasore Road or other ...

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Corrine Fire Update Wednesday 8PM

NORTH FORK – The 920-acre Corrine Fire, that started just after 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, is now 98 percent contained. Fire equipment and personnel continue to work in the area, doing mop-up, and ensuring that the fire is dead out. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving through the area.

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Firefighters Hosted By The Camp They Saved

Submitted by Rev. Bill Ekhardt, DMin MBA, Calvin Crest Conferences OAKHURST – Calvin Crest Conferences, a Christian Camp in Oakhurst, Calif., that was evacuated last Thursday due to the Sky Fire, is now housing up to 120 firefighters who helped save it from the fire. Crews began arriving around noon on Wednesday, and Calvin Crest plans to host the fire ...

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Campgrounds Open Above Sky Ranch

OAKHURST – While Sky Ranch Road (Road 632) is still closed due to fire equipment, fire crews and the danger of falling trees from the Sky Fire, the campgrounds higher up are open. Those wishing to travel to Soquel, Nelder Grove, Texas Flat, Grey’s Mountain or any of the other campgrouds can get there from Beasore Road or Sugar Pine.

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Mariposa Sheriff Warns Residents About Burn Ban

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone of the Proclamation issued by Cal Fire regarding suspended burning permits and other uses of open fire, campfires and outdoor smoking. On June 11, 2015, per section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, Nancy Koerperich, Unit Chief of the Madera-Mariposa-Merced CAL FIRE unit issued the following: Due ...

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