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Post-Ferguson Fire Construction On Highway 140 Complete

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Caltrans recently completed a $5.4 million project rehabilitating eastbound and westbound Highway 140 (SR-140) in the area of the Ferguson Fire scar. Caltrans says the work was needed after the Ferguson Fire burned through the region during the summer of 2018. The project included replacing 17 culverts (underwater drainage systems) and performing 12 miles worth of hazardous ...

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Crews Nearing Total Containment On Valley Fire

CATHEYS VALLEY – The Valley Fire, burning along Old Highway in Mariposa County, is now 80 percent contained at a new estimate of 155 acres. UPDATE: The Valley Fire is now 100 percent contained at 149 acres. The fire was reported at about noon on Sunday, July 19, near the address of 3043 Old Highway and quickly spread to over ...

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Vegetation Fire Closes Old Highway In Catheys Valley Area

CATHEYS VALLEY – Crews are on scene of a vegetation fire in the Catheys Valley area along Old Highway. To allow firefighters to access the area and for the safety of the public, Old Highway was closed for several hours between White Rock and School House. The fire was reported by several callers at about noon today near the address ...

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Beasore Road Near Jones Store

BASS LAKE – A crash on Beasore Road claimed the life of a young mountain area man this morning when his motorcycle hit a tree. Just after 8:30 a.m., CHP and EMS responded to reports of a motorcycle accident just east of Forest Road 5S27 above Bass Lake about a mile from Jones Store. According to CHP, the man, age ...

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Input Needed For SNF Project Within Miami OHV Riding Area

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is in the process of performing environmental analysis on the proposed Kamook Staging Area Project on the Bass Lake Ranger District (BLRD) and would like the public’s input. Kamook Staging Area Project Currently all amenities are in need of updating and replacement at this location. The purpose of this project is ...

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MCSO Honors Search & Rescue Volunteer George Stillman

MADERA COUNTY — A local hero was recognized by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) as George Stillman retired from Madera County Search and Rescue last week after 18 years of volunteer service. “Affectionately known as ‘SAR George’ by other team members, he has served in a variety of capacities throughout the years,” said MCSO in a public statement. “He ...

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Fish Fire On The Sierra National Forest 100 Percent Contained

NORTH FORK –  The Fish Fire, burning near Fish Creek Campground on Forest Road 4S81 (Mammoth Pool Road/ Minarets Road) is now 100 percent contained at 77 acres. The Fish Fire was reported at 4:17 p.m. on Monday, July 15, and has been burning in steep, rugged terrain with dry vegetation consisting of heavy brush and dead and downed timber ...

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Coarsegold Domestic Violence Call Leads To Pursuit, Crash

COARSEGOLD — A Coarsegold man is in custody after leading police on a chase across the county following a reported domestic violence incident. Shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnathan Rodriguez and Sergeant Matt Mollet responded to a reported domestic violence incident at a residence on Road 417 in Coarsegold, according to the Madera ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through July 14

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14, 2019. Oakhurst burglary On Tuesday July 9 at 9:54 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Oakhurst substation regarding a report of a burglary. It was recommended the case be closed due to a lack of ...

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DA Will Oppose YLP Arsonist’s Latest Bid For Early Parole

MADERA — After serving less than seven years of a 20-year sentence, convicted arsonist Kenneth Jackson is once again being considered for early parole — and the Madera County District Attorney is going on the record with her opposition to Jackson’s release and asking Madera County residents to voice their opinions, as well. Jackson was arrested along with his wife Alice ...

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