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Creek Fire Nearing 250,000 Acres

MADERA COUNTY – Sept. 17, 2020 – Very dry air began moving into the region yesterday, along with increased winds and the weakening of the inversion that has kept the smoke from leaving. These factors have allowed for increased fire growth along the north and northeastern flanks of the Creek Fire. Containment lines on the west flank were extended north ...

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Creek Fire Update and Evacuation Centers

Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020 – 10 am – The Red Cross temporary evacuation point at the Oakhurst Community Center has been closed.  If you are in need of an evacuation center please go to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Rd. Mariposa, CA. 95338 or Clovis North High School, 2770 E. International Ave. Fresno, CA. 93730. The Creek Fire continues ...

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Saturday Night Vehicle Accident Causes Small Fire

O’NEALS – At approximately 10:30 pm Saturday evening local emergency personnel from the CHP, Madera County Sheriff, Sierra Ambulance and Cal Fire responded to a vehicle accident with car fire on Rd. 200 at the Fine Gold Creek bridge, also known as the crooked bridge. According to a witness the late model Toyota was driving erratically at an excessive speed ...

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ATV Crash Kills 56-Year-Old O’Neals Resident

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O’NEALS — A 56-year-old O’Neals resident was killed Friday afternoon in an ATV accident.The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on private property near Road 200 and Lily Mine Way, according to CHP.The name of the victim has not been released.According to the CHP report, the driver of a Honda Rubicon ATV was traveling westbound on private property with “uneven terrain.” “The ...

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North Fork Man Dies Tuesday Night in Suspected DUI Crash

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NORTH FORK – A 62-year-old North Fork man died Tuesday in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Road 221 south of Road 226.According to CHP, the victim, identified as Robert Bates, was driving a 1991 Toyota sedan southbound on Road 221 at approximately 50 mph when he made “an unsafe right turn.”The Toyota veered off the left edge of the road, ...

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Man Drowns Sunday Near Lewis Creek Trail

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MADERA COUNTY — A man drowned Sunday afternoon near the Lewis Creek National Recreation Trail, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office is reporting. Authorities say they received a call just before 5 p.m. about a possible drowning victim at the trail near Highway 41 and Cedar Valley Drive.The victim was rescued from the water and CPR was performed by first responders ...

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Still No Sign of Missing Camper, Search Enters Second Week

MADERA COUNTY — The search has stretched into a second week for a camper who went missing over the July 4th holiday weekend in the Sierra National Forest above Bass Lake. “Your family is worried about you,” was written on a sticker attached by Forest Service officials to Sandra Johnsen Hughes’ car, which was found about two miles from her ...

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Former Employee Arrested, Accused of Hitching Post Thefts

AHWAHNEE — A former employee is accused of stealing money from a popular area business over a six-month period. The alleged crime first came to light in late February when the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a theft report from the owner of the Hitching Post restaurant and bar.  The suspect was subsequently identified as Angel Anderson, 62, of Bass ...

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Madera County Man Dies after Early Morning Fight Over Woman

SQUAW VALLEY — A 56-year-old Madera County man died early Friday morning after suffering injuries during a fight with a Squaw Valley man. Shortly after midnight on Thursday, a man dialed 911 to report he had just been involved in a fight with an intruder, later identified as Thomas Robert Christopher. Deputies responded to a home on the 49000 block ...

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North Fork Man Charged with Hit-and-Run After Fatal Collision Saturday

Editor’s Note: This story was updated after the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the victim. FRIANT — A 25-year-old Madera County man was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges following a fatal traffic accident that happened Saturday afternoon on Friant Road in Fresno County.“At approximately 4:05 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle driven by an adult male was traveling northbound ...

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