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Escaped Burn Pile Destroys Outbuilding

NORTH FORK – An escaped burn pile off Road 224 (Bonnie B Road) quickly spread through the dry grass, bolstered by breezy conditions, and destroyed one structure before firefighters got it under control. Just after 1 p.m. on Monday, May 4, dispatch received a report of a vegetation fire, but when firefighters arrived they found one outbuilding fully involved.

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Rim Fire Charges To Be Dismissed Due To Deaths

SACRAMENTO – KCRA in Sacramento is reporting that federal authorities have moved to dismiss the charges against the man accused of starting the devastating Rim Fire because two if the key witnesses in the case have died. Keith Matthew Emerald, 33, of Columbia was charged with igniting the massive fire in that destroyed nearly 257,000 acres near Yosemite National Park ...

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Road 200 Fire Contained

NORTH FORK – Cal Fire is reporting that the vegetation fire that started along Road 200 this evening is now contained at one-and-a-half acres. They anticipate the roadway will be reopened at about 1 a.m. after being closed since 6:30 this evening due to hazardous conditions as crews battled the blaze.

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Two Day Old Burn Pile Ignites Fire

NORTH FORK – It only took a gust of wind for a burn pile that was reportedly lit off two days ago to flare up and start a vegetation fire along Road 223 near Taylor Ridge Road this afternoon. Brothers Matthew and Austin Niblett had just left their residence a couple houses down, when they noticed a large column of ...

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Another Debris Burn Escapes Near Oakhurst

OAKHURST – Once again firefighters were called out to respond to hazard reduction burn that got away, this one on Road 620 just west of Highway 41. Cal Fire Engines 4254 and 4264, along with Madera County Engine 18 and Sierra National Forest Engine 53, were dispatched to a residence to deal with an escaped burn just after 1:30 p.m ...

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Cal Fire And Military Pilots Train For Fire Season

CALIFORNIA – As California enters its fourth year of drought, Cal Fire and the California National Guard will be holding their annual fire aviation training in preparation for the peak fire season ahead. The training this year will be held April 10-12, at the Cal Fire Academy in Ione and Lake Pardee in Amador County.

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Two Escaped Burns Near Coarsegold

Firefighters have responded to two escaped control burns in the last few days, reminding residents to use extreme caution when doing hazard reduction burning. An escaped burn off River Knowles in the Coarsegold area on Monday grew to about one-quarter acre before firefighters stopped the spread. Another vegetation fire, caused when a control burn on Spinelli Road got out of ...

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Prescribed Burn Planned For Kinsman Flats

NORTH FORK – The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District, Fuels and Fire Management staff are planning to ignite a prescribed burn on the Source Kinsman Fuels Project during the early spring months of February and March 2015 depending on weather conditions. This burn will only be 1 to 3 days in duration and will be in patrol and ...

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Home Lost To Fire On New Years Day

COARSEGOLD – A family in the Coarsegold area suffered a devastating beginning to the new year when their home was destroyed in an early morning fire. At 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire on Road 415 near the Fresno River. When the first engines arrived on scene, the home was 50 percent ...

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Sale Nets Thousands For Fire Fund

Submitted by Kathy Thomas OAKHURST – The Old Mill Village parking lot was filled with activity on Saturday, Oct. 25, as a gigantic tag sale took place inside an otherwise empty building, with a good turnout amid much support from area residents and businesses for an important on-going cause. The Community Rummage Sale to benefit the Oakhurst Area Fire Relief ...

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