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North Fork Man Tries To Bury Stolen Car

MADERA COUNTY – Shane Anthony Shaffer, 35, of North Fork remains jailed at this hour, accused of trying to bury a stolen car. He was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, July 28, after authorities received a tip at around 12:30 p.m. The anonymous caller stated subjects at a residence on Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork were trying to bury ...

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A Trip Up To The Aspen Fire

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – After days of listening to the radio traffic on the Aspen Fire, I decided to take a drive up the mountain and see for myself what it looks like from the west side of the river. The fire is now 11,019 acres, and 20% contained. The total containment date has been pushed out to Aug. 10. ...

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Aspen Fire Now Nearly 9,000 Acres

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Residents of Eastern Madera County have been holding their breath, sometimes literally, for the past week as heavy dense smoke blankets the area, and the potential for the Aspen Fire to jump the river keeps people on edge. The fire has grown to nearly 9,000 acres, with 15% containment, and has so far remained on the ...

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Keeping Busy With Fingers Crossed

BASS LAKE – When we caught up with Taylor Brown, he was busy at Bass Lake, cleaning up the day use areas along the shore. But his regular gig is Camp Host at the Mammoth Pool Campground. When the Aspen Fire blew up on Wednesday, Taylor, an employee of California Land Management (CLM), was notified by Forest Service personnel that ...

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Helicopters To Stage At Old Mill Site

NORTH FORK – Residents in the area will be hearing the sounds of helicopters taking off and landing at the Old Mill Site over the next few weeks. The Community Development Council (CDC) has entered into an agreement with the US Forest service to allow them to use the property for staging helicopters for use on the Aspen Fire burning ...

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Aspen Fire Grows to 6,693 Acres

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – There are now a total of 1,012 personnel fighting the Aspen Fire, burning near Mammoth Pool on the east side of the San Joaquin River. The lightning caused fire, which was discovered just after midnight on Tuesday, July 23, has grown overnight to 6,693 acres, and is 10% contained.

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Aspen Fire Grows, Progress Made On Containment

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – The Aspen Fire has now burned 4,789 acres and is 5% contained as of 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26. The lightning-caused fire started on Tuesday, July 23, and is burning in very steep, difficult terrain, moving generally north and east, with the most activity on the northern part of the fire.

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Aspen Fire Now At 4,500 Acres

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – The Aspen Fire, which was discovered on Tuesday, July 23, has now reached 4,500 acres with 0% containment. The fire is burning on the Sierra National Forest High Sierra Ranger District on the east side of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain, which has hampered suppression efforts for both ...

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Three-Time Officer Of The Year Honored

MADERA COUNTY – Deputy Sheriff Richard Gonzales was honored by his peers for the third time as Officer of the Year during Madera County’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation banquet held at the Elk’s Lodge in Madera on Thursday, July 25. Sheriff John Anderson proudly introduced Deputy Gonzales as Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year. “It’s unprecedented,” noted Sheriff Anderson ...

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HJTA Wins Partial Victory Against Fire Tax

SACRAMENTO – Attorneys for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) had their day in Superior Court on Friday, July 19, to argue against the State’s response to their lawsuit fighting the so-called Rural Fire Fee. HJTA has always held that the fee is actually an illegal tax, requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, and filed suit to have it ...

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