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Ferguson Fire Community Meeting Tonight In Ahwahnee

AHWAHNEE – The Unified Commanders of the Ferguson Fire – Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office – will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the current situation at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wasuma School. Officials will be giving an operational overview briefing, highlighting the actions that firefighters are taking on the fire. Current maps ...

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Dense Smoke Continues To Hamper Air Attack Of Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On the anniversary of the devastating Detwiler Fire of 2017 that burned nearly 82,000 acres, forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, and destroyed 130 structures, residents of Mariposa County are once again on edge waiting to see what the Ferguson Fire is going to do next. Unfortunately, no update on acreage is available as of this ...

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Procession To Honor Cal Fire Dozer Operator Braden Varney

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Mariposa-Madera-Merced Cal Fire (MMU), with the assistance of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5, has been successful in the recovery of Cal Fire Heavy Fire Equipment Operator (HFEO) Braden Varney, from the accident site within the Ferguson Fire. The next phase will be the escort of HFEO Braden Varney to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. ...

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Ferguson Fire Command Post Moves To Ahwahnee Hills Park

AHWAHNEE – The Incident Command Post for the Ferguson Fire in the process of being relocated from the Mariposa County Fairgrounds to Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. The park was used as the ICP for the Railroad Fire last year, and workers are already on the property making preparations for the move. The public is being asked by park managers not ...

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Fire Advisory Issued For Areas South Of Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has issued another fire advisement as the Ferguson Fire moves south. At 10:45 a.m., a fire advisement was issued for the following locations: Lushmeadows Community Ponderosa Basin Community Triangle Road from Jerseydale Road to Highway 49 South including all side roads Darrah Road from Triangle to Sherrod Road East side of Highway ...

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Ferguson Fire Now Over 9,000 Acres, Most Movement South And East

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters has a busy night on the line as the Ferguson Fire has now grown to 9,266 acres and is just 2 percent contained. The fire is burning around the South Fork of the Merced River, south of Highway 140 between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. There are currently 332 personnel assigned to the incident including 34 ...

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Caltrans Postpones Paving Work On Busy Local Highways

MADERA COUNTY — Good news for those who were concerned about anticipated delays on Highway 41 and Highway 49 for the next several weeks — especially with the extended closure of Highway 140 near the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park, due to the Ferguson Fire. Caltrans has decided to postpone the previously scheduled paving project. Caltrans, in cooperation ...

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Ferguson Fire Continues To Push Toward Populated Areas

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters, residents and law enforcement have settled in for the long haul as the Ferguson Fire continues to grow. As of 3 p.m today, the fire was estimated at 4,310  acres, still with just 2 percent containment. However that was before a major increase in fire activity about 4 p.m. this afternoon, so that number is likely ...

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Ferguson Fire Makes Major Push Overnight, Now 4,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Ferguson Fire, burning in the Merced River Canyon between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 4,000 acres and is just 2 percent contained. There are currently 500 personnel assigned to the incident. Smoky conditions are challenging for air operations this morning. Crews are focused on securing fireline along Highway 140 and protecting structures ...

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Wrong-Way Driver Causes Crash In North Fork, Arrested For DUI

NORTH FORK – A driver headed down the hill into South Fork apparently did so in the wrong lane, crashed into an oncoming car, and was arrested for driving under the influence. Just after 9:30 p.m., Jan Orosco, 56, of North Fork, was westbound on Road 225 just past Cascadel Road (Road 223) in a 1998 Ford F150, but was ...

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