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CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Declares End to Fire Season, Transitions to Winter Preparedness

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit (MMU) to declare an end to fire season effective Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. within Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. “2020 brought yet another record-setting peak wildfire season. Fires impacted the entire state, reminding us of ...

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Californians Ring in The New Year With New Traffic Safety Laws

SACRAMENTO – As 2020 comes to a close, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to highlight some new roadway safety laws that take effect in 2021. License points for distracted driving (AB 47, Daly; 2019): Using a cell phone in a handheld manner while driving is currently punishable by a fine. Beginning July 1, 2021, violating the hands-free law for ...

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CHP Joins With Law Enforcement Throughout The West to Help Usher in a Safe New Year

SACRAMENTO – With California advising residents to stay home as much as possible, avoid gatherings and not travel significant distances to reverse the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, New Year’s Eve 2020 may look noticeably different than years past. One thing that will look familiar: The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be out removing impaired drivers from the road and ...

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CHP Announces $27 Million Available to Combat Impaired Driving

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) today announced the availability of nearly $27 million in grant funds to help local communities combat impaired driving. The funding is the result of Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which provided specified cannabis tax funding to the CHP to administer local grants for education, prevention, and ...

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Sierra National Forest Declares the Creek Fire 100% contained

CLOVIS – With the recent change in weather conditions, Fire Officials with the Sierra National Forest are declaring the Creek Fire 100 percent contained. The Creek Fire started the evening of September 04, 2020 in the Big Creek drainage burning an unprecedented 379,895 acres before being contained on December 24, 2020. Due to the severity of the fire, many hazard trees ...

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Small Business Relief Bill Gains Support of Nearly One-Third of California Legislature

SACRAMENTO – The Keep California Working Act garnered more momentum in the Legislature with new co-authors announcing their support for the bill within the last week. With the new additions, a total of thirty-seven legislators are now supporting the measure. This milestone signifies an opportunity for the Legislature to work together on small business relief efforts. The Keep California Working ...

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Wilderness Permit Reservations for Sierra National Forest Moving to Recreation.gov

Sierra National Forest (SNF), Clovis, CA., – Launching in March 2021, overnight visitors to the Sierra National Forest’s wilderness areas will be able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website Recreation.gov. This will replace the current system, by which reservations were submitted by mail, or in person, and processed manually. Recreation.gov provides trip planning and reservation services for public lands nationwide, using it for wilderness permit issuance will bring the forest into alignment ...

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CHP Reminds Californians to Stay Safe For The Hoidays

SACRAMENTO – As Californians prepare for the Christmas holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds everyone the rules of safe driving are just as critical as ever.  Although traffic may be lighter this holiday season, it is not an invitation to speed.  The rules of the road still apply, and motorists should avoid driving tired, impaired, ...

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Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA

SACRAMENTO – If you are a California survivor of the recent wildfires receiving rental assistance for temporary housing through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, let FEMA know if you have a continuing need. Rental assistance is for paying rent, including a security deposit, at a place other than your damaged home. To continue to receive it, you must prove an ...

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Sheriff Douglas Binnewies Retires After 30 Years

Please Join Us As We Celebrate And Recognize Sheriff Douglas Binnewies For His 30 Years Of Service To Mariposa County And The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. The Board Of Supervisors Will Honor Him During Their Meeting On Tuesday December 22nd At 11am. Due To Covid Restrictions, The Board Chamber Can Only Accommodate 19 People at a time, Therefore, We Encourage ...

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