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Cal Fire Training Burn At Lake McClure Fireworks Launch Point

MARIPOSA — The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) in cooperation with Merced Irrigation District (MID) is scheduled to conduct a vegetation management training burn during the week of June 24 at Lake McClure. The training will consist of approximately 45 acres of grass being burned. Cal Fire says the purpose of the burn is fuel reduction to create a safe ...

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Water/Boating Safety On The Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – Hot summer weather has arrived, prompting many of us to get out and enjoy the rivers, streams and lakes on the Sierra National Forest. These waterways continue to be fed by the melting snows over the high Sierra. The Upper Kings, San Joaquin, and Merced rivers continue to run with swift and extremely cold water, while Bass, Shaver, ...

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Tioga Road In Yosemite Opens With Limited Access

YOSEMITE — For visitors interested in crossing the Sierra, just in time for the official start of summer, Yosemite National Park announces limited access to Tioga Road (Highway 120 East). Tioga Road will be open to all vehicles, including bicycles, beginning on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. No parking ...

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Cal Fire To Conduct Training Burn In Greeley Hill

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will conduct a vegetation management training burn on Monday, June 24 near Converse Road and Valley Vista Lane in Greeley Hill. The training will consist of burning annual grass, oak woodland and sparse brush, totaling about 90 acres and will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ...

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Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Includes Major Fuel Break Project

NORTH FORK — Several fires in the last few years, including the Courtney Fire (2014), Railroad Fire (2017), and Mission Fire (2017), posed significant risks to public health and safety and destroyed homes and infrastructure. In many cases, defensible space and thinned areas made the difference in preventing further high severity fire and economic loss. The Madera Strategic Wildfire Mitigation ...

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ArborWorks Branches Out In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — “We have a lot of people working in this area and really want to be involved in the community,” says Chriso Lee, director of operations for ArborWorks Inc., a tree care company that in just the past few years has become one of the area’s largest employers. Every day, the company sends dozens of crews out around the ...

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SAR Teams Demo Swift Water Rescues In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The Merced River pushes past spectators with enormous gusto, as temperatures rise and the annual spring runoff causes rivers and creeks to run very high. This cold and swiftly moving water creates a hazard even for the strongest of swimmers. In the past decade there have been 22 water-related fatalities within Yosemite National Park, according to authorities. Many ...

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Solo-Vehicle Crash Snarls Traffic At Rocky Cut On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — Traffic was backed up following a solo-vehicle accident early Sunday evening on Highway 41 in the area known locally as the Rocky Cut, about halfway between the 22 Mile House and Road 200. Just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, CHP was called to the scene of a vehicle off the east side of the roadway ...

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Scam Calls About Suspended Social Security Numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Have you received a strange call that appears to be from the Social Security office, or one warning you that your social security number has been suspended? Some people in the 559 area code have recently been alarmed to find this sort of potentially disturbing scenario unfold when they pick up the phone. Now, the public is ...

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Public’s Help Sought To Locate Missing Youth

UPDATE: June 17, 2019 — Sources say Skyler has been located. No further information is available at this time. MARIPOSA — The National Center for Missing & Exploited children is seeking the public’s help in the search for a missing Mariposa youth. Skyler Riggins-Willey, 16, was reported missing from Mariposa on Monday, June 3. Skyler is a white male with ...

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