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Earthquake Rattles Nerves Near Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Foothill residents may have been awakened last night by the jolt of an earthquake not far from Oakhurst, which was alternately described by readers as a crack, a boom, rolling, rumble, shock, shake and a jerk. We heard it was felt from Mariposa to Prather, if not farther. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey says that a 3.1 magnitude earthquake has ...

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Investigation Into Suspicious House Fire In Oakhurst

OAKHURST – Cal Fire is investigating a structure fire that started in an unoccupied home in Oakhurst this morning. Just before 8 a.m., crews were called out to a house fire near the end of Critter Creek Lane off John West Road. The first unit at scene reported smoke coming from both levels of the two-story home in the 50500 ...

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Prescribed Burns On The Bass Lake Ranger District

NORTH FORK –Residents and visitors on the Bass Lake Ranger District may see smoke in the coming months as Sierra National Forest fire managers implement their 2018/2019 fall/winter/spring burning program. The projects will consist of two activities: pile burning and understory burning. These burn projects are widely dispersed throughout the Ranger District, with many located at the higher elevations. Some ...

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Crews On Scene Of A Vegetation Fire West Of Mariposa

MARIPOSA – Crews are at scene of a vegetation fire burning on Hummingbird Lane south of Highway 140. At 3:53 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to reports of a fire near 4880 Hummingbird Lane. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about 5 acres, burning in grass and oak woodland with a moderate rate of spread. No structures were ...

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Woman Dies In Fall From Cascadel Falls Near North Fork

NORTH FORK – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who died in a fall at Cascadel Falls on Wednesday. In the afternoon hours of Oct. 17, two adult subjects, a male and female, went for a hike in the area of Cascadel Falls. The female subject, later identified as 37-year-old Jamie Eischen of Fresno, ...

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Tree Mortality Work Update October 18

Written by Sarah Bolton – Hello Madera County Residents! Welcome to the Tree Mortality Community Column. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project. This week, we want to feature one of our tree mortality staff members. Logan Malavey is the Geographic Information Systems Technician for Blue Ridge ...

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Highway Widening Project On SR99 Through Madera

MADERA – Work is expected to begin soon on a project to widen Highway 99 through Madera, taking it from four lanes to six. At its October 2018 meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved State Route 99 (SR99) Bond Program funding for widening State Route 99 in Madera from Avenue 12 to Avenue 17. “The ...

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Some Campgrounds And Picnic Areas To Close Along Merced River

NORTH FORK – Sierra National Forest Officials have announced the temporary seasonal closures for campgrounds and picnic areas along the Merced River, Highway 140 corridor. The locations scheduled for closure will include four picnic areas – McClendon Beach, Indian Flat, Red Bud, and Cranberry Launch – and two campgrounds – Dirt Flat and Dry Gulch. These locations are being closed ...

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Supervisors Vote 4-0 For Tax Incentive For Oakhurst Conference Center

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Community Center was packed Tuesday evening as residents turned out for a public hearing on the proposed 50 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) incentive for a Conference Center and Team Building Facility planned near the Hounds Tooth Inn on the north end of Oakhurst. The meeting was an “On the Road” regular meeting of the Madera ...

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Two Community Meetings On Ferguson Fire Repair Efforts

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County will host two post-Ferguson Fire community meetings over the next week. If you live in Mariposa, El Portal, Yosemite West, Foresta or any of the surrounding communities affected by the Ferguson Fire, you are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) and interagency coordination that has taken place ...

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