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Two Fires Quickly Doused Near Millerton Lake

MADERA COUNTY — Just after 7 p.m. today firefighters were called to the scene of a fire burning near Millerton Lake on Highway 145 near Road 206 in the Friant area. Crews from Cal Fire and Madera County Fire were arriving on scene when another blaze was reported nearby on Road 145 closer to the entrance station to the lake. ...

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Burger King Closes In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — As of this week, Oakhurst is no longer home of the Whopper. Fans of Burger King’s signature sandwich now have to travel out of town to get their favorite burger after the store’s franchisee suddenly closed the doors and ceased operations Sunday evening. At a little after 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, Burger King employees posted a ...

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Man Drowns While Boating On Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – Just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) initiated a search and rescue response for a possible drowning in the Bass Lake area. On Wednesday, July 3, the MCSO identified the victim as Kien Phan, 43, from Sachse, Texas. With his family, Mr. Phan had rented a boat from a local ...

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County Supervisors Signal Readiness To OK Industrial Hemp Production

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 2 voted 4-to-1 to direct the County’s agricultural commissioner to begin crafting an ordinance to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp in Madera County. “This is a cash crop that Madera County can really make some money on,” said Supervisor Tom Wheeler. “People have been using [hemp] since ...

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Cal Fire Warns Of Dangers As 4th Of July Approaches

SACRAMENTO – Fourth of July is synonymous with sun, fun, barbeque and fireworks. Cal Fire reminds everyone to do their part to have a safe holiday and help prevent wildfires and injuries caused by fireworks. Two out of five fires on the 4th of July are caused by fireworks, more than any other cause of fires. Most of these incidents ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through June 30

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 24 to Sunday, June 30, 2019. Coarsegold narcotics  On Monday, June 24 at 6:37 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to 46000 block of Lucky Lane regarding found narcotics. An item was recovered and booked for destruction. The case was closed. North ...

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Holiday Campfire Safety Helps Prevent Wildfires

CLOVIS — Will you be celebrating our nation’s independence over the 4th of July holiday weekend with a visit to the Sierra National Forest? Activities such as camping, backpacking and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire to provide warmth on cool evenings or for roasting marshmallows and basking in the glow of the flames ...

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Vegetation Fire Near Millerton Lake

FRIANT — Just before 10 a.m. today firefighters were called to the scene of a vegetation fire burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District in the vicinity of Road 206 near Millerton Lake. The first engine on scene reported the fire at approximately 5 acres with the potential for 100 acres. Crews from Cal Fire and Madera County responded to ...

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Supervisors Expected to OK Permit, Fee Schedule Hikes

MADERA — Madera County supervisors are expected this week to OK a 2.7-percent across-the-board increase to the fee schedule the County charges for everything from development fees and building, grading and water well permits to fees for regular planning review services and commercial building valuations. At their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, supervisors will hold a public hearing on the ...

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