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Firefighters Make Quick Work Of Fast-Moving Vegetation Fire

NORTH FORK – A fire on Road 200 moved at an alarming rate through the dry grass on the east side of the road, but quick work by firefighters had it knocked down within minutes of their arrival. At 3:35 p.m., reports of a vegetation fire on Walker Grade prompted a full wildland response. A Madera County Fire engine was ...

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Ferguson Fire Over 43,000 Acres, Containment Inches Up To 27 Percent

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters are now in their thirteenth day of battle with the Ferguson Fire which grew by 1,723 acres overnight. The fire is now estimated at 43,299 acres, with 27 percent containment. Firefighters and bulldozers worked through the night improving and expanding containment lines, particularly near Magoon Creek in the Kirby Peak area north of Lushmeadows, to isolate ...

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Ferguson Fire Grows To Over 41,000 Acres, More Evacuations Today

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Once again a day on the Ferguson Fire was one of contrasts as some residents were allowed to return home and others were evacuated. The fire grew to 41,576 acres, with much of the push on the southern perimeter. The fire is 26 percent contained. Overnight, there were multiple spot fires across the dozer line above Lushmeadows ...

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Sleepy Driver Crashes And Rolls On Road 200

NORTH FORK – A driver who says he fell asleep at the wheel escaped without serious injuries in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Road 200 this morning. Just before 9 a.m., a Cal Fire engine on its way to assist Fresno County with a structure fire reported an overturned vehicle just south of the Finegold Creek bridge. When CHP arrived ...

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Woman Killed In Road 222 Crash Has Been Identified

OAKHURST – The woman killed earlier today in two-vehicle accident on Road 222 near Pettitt Road has been identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Haroleen Sue Bowlan, 69, of Oakhurst, died when her Kia sedan drifted over the double yellow lines, according to CHP, and collided nearly head-on with an oncoming Hyundai SUV. The accident happened just before 3 ...

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Some Evacuations Lifted As Ferguson Fire Nears 38,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY – As some residents on the south end of the Ferguson Fire were allowed to return home, visitors in Yosemite National Park were told to pack up and leave. Just after 1 p.m. today, park officials announced that Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close at noon tomorrow, July 25, to all visitors in all hotels and campgrounds due ...

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YARTS Announces Changes To Schedule Due To Ferguson Fire

FRESNO – With the Ferguson Fire forcing visitors out of many parts of Yosemite National Park, YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) has announced changes to its schedule.E Effective Wednesday, July 25, all YARTS service to Yosemite Valley is suspended until further notice. YARTS will operate on the following schedule on July 25, 2018: Highway 41 (Fresno) Runs 22, 24 ...

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Some Evacuations Lifted For Mariposa Pines Area

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office announced this evening that Evacuation Orders for some Mariposa Pines residents have been lifted. Residents in Mariposa Pines on Scott Road from Best Road to the end of Hites Cove Road, including all side roads, have been lifted as of Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. These areas will remain under advisory ...

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Fatal Accident Closes Road 222 East Of Old Corral

OAKHURST — A fatal accident involving two vehicles closed Road 222 near Bass Lake between Highway 41 and Road 274 for over two hours Tuesday afternoon. Just before 3 p.m. reports came in to CHP of a two-car accident on Road 222 at Pettitt Road. When first responders arrived at scene, they found that two people were pinned inside their ...

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