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Extreme Heat Expected Over the Weekend

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–With the extreme heat facing the Valley, the Valley Air District encourages residents to take action to keep cool, check on your family and neighbors, and monitor air quality levels. The record-breaking heat over the coming days could increase the potential for wildfires to begin, and potentially deteriorate air quality conditions throughout the Valley. Valley and foothill residents are ...

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Ashworth Fire Arson Arrest in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA—California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Law Enforcement Officers arrested 31-year-old Gino Galileo Luciani on Wednesday, July 12th, 2023, in Mariposa County. Through an extensive investigation, Luciani was identified as the suspect responsible for igniting a vegetation fire on July 12th, 2023. The Ashworth Fire occurred in the Bootjack area in Mariposa County. The fire burned approximately ...

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Yosemite National Park Seeks Public Input

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Yosemite National Park (YNP) will begin a second round of civic engagement to address improving visitor experience and access to the busy park during peak season. The park is seeking input on several key concepts to address improving visitors’ access to and experience of the park’s most significant resources and features while ensuring that those resources are protected. ...

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Pika Fire Burns in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Fire officials are reporting that the Pika Fire, burning west of North Dome at an elevation of 7,100 feet, has burned 40 acres. The lightning fire was discovered on June 29th, 2023. Yosemite Fire crews are using a confined and contain firefighting strategy utilizing natural barriers and trails. The fire has slow growth, with some isolated active pockets ...

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Midpines Residents Forced to Move

MIDPINES—Mariposa County Code Compliance, in coordination with Mariposa County Fire, Mariposa County Health and Human Services, and Connections, is posting properties as unsafe to occupy at the Whispering Pines Apartments in Midpines due to significant and immediate life, health, and safety concerns. “We have to get them out of there for their own life and safety,” said Corrina Miranda, Mariposa ...

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Caltrans To Begin Long Term Project on State Route 140

STOCKTON – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing to begin a maintenance project to improve the roadway surface of State Route 140 (SR-140) between East Whitlock Road and the Yosemite National Park entrance in Mariposa County. The project will repair and replace deteriorating pavement work. The pavement work will include repairing failed roadway surface locations using hot-mix asphalt ...

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One-Way Traffic Control Next Week

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MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct the following one-way traffic control next week on State Route-49 (SR-49) and SR-132: State Route 49 • Between Schilling Road and Crown Lead Road for drainage work beginning Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14, 2023, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Between Bear Valley Road and Moccasin ...

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Whiskey Fire Burns 83 Acres in North Fork

NORTH FORK–Monday, July 3rd, 2023, air and ground firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in the 59000 block of Road 225 in North Fork. Initial reports put the fire at 5 acres with a moderate rate of spread. The fire was burning in grass and oak woodland. Within a half-hour of the fire starting, it had burned 20 acres, and ...

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Whittier Man Dies in Whiskey Fire

NORTH FORK—The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is reporting that a 65 year old Whittier man has died as a result of the ongoing Whiskey Fire. MCSO states that at approximately 1:30pm on July 3, the man was driving a tractor on his property in the 59000 block of Road 225 in North Fork, when it is believed a brake ...

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Alert: Vegetation Fire Rd 225 North Fork

NORTH FORK–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is responding to a vegetation fire in the 59000 block of Road 225 in North  Fork. Ground and air crews are responding. The initial reports are that it is 5 acres. This is the Whiskey Fire. We Will update this article when we have more information. More information can be found ...

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