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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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Jerseydale Evacuated Ahead Of The Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A mandatory evacuation has been issued for the Jerseydale area, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, as the Ferguson Fire advances south. This includes all residences on Jerseydale Road, Hites Cove Road and all side roads from Triangle Road to the end of Hite Cove Road. Residents are advised to please evacuate as soon as possible ...

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Ferguson Fire Now 1,000 Acres, More Evacuations Ordered

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson fire, burning in the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at about 1,000 acres. Smoky conditions have not allowed for exact mapping at this time. The fire is 5 percent contained. Fire activity picked up this afternoon about 3 p.m. as temperatures rose to near the 100 degree mark and ...

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Dozer Operator Killed In Rollover Accident On Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A dozer operator has been killed in a rollover accident on the Ferguson Fire burning along Highway 140 west of Yosemite. “It is with deep sadness that Cal Fire can confirm that this morning while battling the Ferguson Fire on the Sierra National Forest, Cal Fire Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney from the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced ...

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Highway 140 Still Closed As Ferguson Fire Doubles In Size

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire, burning outside the west entrance to Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 150 acres with 5 percent containment. The fire was reported at about 8:30 p.m. last night, and has closed Highway 140 from mile marker 37 (west of Midpines) to Cedar Lodge (see map below). One resident and 50 tourists were evacuated ...

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Highway 140 Closed West Of Yosemite Due To Wildfire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters are on scene of a large fire burning along Highway 140 between the Ferguson Slide and Cedar Lodge on the Sierra National Forest, just west of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park. As of 10 p.m., Highway 140 has been closed eastbound at the Bug Hostel west of Briceburg, and westbound at Cedar Lodge ...

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Three Vehicle Crash Jams Up Friday Afternoon Traffic In Oakhurst

OAKHURST – A three-vehicle crash on the north end of Oakhurst this afternoon added another glitch to today’s troubles along Highway 41. At 2:47 p.m., three southbound vehicles got caught up in a crash in front of El Cid Mexican Restaurant. All three drivers are from Oakhurst, according to CHP at the scene. A 72-year-old woman was southbound at the ...

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Highway 41 Reopens After Accident, Road 211 Also Cleared

O’NEALS – Highway 41 has reopened in both directions between Road 200 and Road 208 after being closed for over five hours due to an accident and hazmat situation involving a log truck. The road was shut down just after 9 a.m. after the truck crashed off the west side of the road north of the Rocky Cut in what ...

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Log Truck Driver Saves Lives By Risking His Own

O’NEALS — A log truck driver may have saved lives today when he drove his truck off the road to avoid crashing the 70,000-pound vehicle into a line of stopped cars on Highway 41. Terry Jacobs, driving for Willis Logging Company of North Fork, had picked up a load on Sky Ranch Road (Road 632) near Calvin Crest this morning, ...

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Highway 41 Closed Due To Overturned Logging Truck

MADERA COUNTY – Highway 41 has been closed down for the second time today south of Road 200, this time due to an overturned logging truck that has caused a hazmat issue. Just after 9 a.m., a logging truck overturned down an embankment near Road 406. The driver is uninjured according to CHP. Caltrans, CHP and Sheriff’s deputies are assisting ...

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