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Sierra NF Seeks Public Input For 2020 California OHV Grant Funding

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2019 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Part of the grant process is gathering input or project ideas that individuals and organizations would like to have included in the 2019 submission, say officials. This feedback will be considered in development of the ...

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Closures Of Hiking And OHV Trails In Ferguson Fire Burn Area

NORTH FORK – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials have announced the temporary closure of several trails in the Ferguson Fire burn area due to safety concerns with changing weather conditions. The closures include Hite’s Cove Trail, Savage Lundy Trail, and Hite’s Cove OHV Trail on the Bass Lake Ranger District (see map below). “The purpose of this Order is to ...

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Sierra National Forest Declares The Ferguson Fire Out

MARIPOSA — With the recent change in weather conditions, fire officials with the Sierra National Forest are declaring the Ferguson Fire out, terminating Forest Order No. 05-15-51-18-15, dated August 15, 2018. Visitors are once again permitted to travel in the Sierra National Forest where the Ferguson Fire burned. The Ferguson Fire started on the evening of July 13, 2018 near ...

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Prescribed Burning Ops Resume On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The High Sierra Ranger District Fuels Management office plans to resume firing again on Sunday, Nov. 4, on the Dinkey South Fall understory prescribed fire project. The office says they expect active firing to continue through Wednesday, Nov. 7. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces ...

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Sierra NF Requests Public Input On OHV Program

CLOVIS  — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2019 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHMVR Grants Program. This program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) who develop, maintain, ...

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Campfire Restrictions Lifted On The Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest Bass Lake and High Sierra Ranger Districts have lifted Forest Order #05-15-18-14 Fire Restrictions, effective Oct. 22. Campfire permits are required on the Sierra National Forest for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of a designated recreation area even when there are no “fire restrictions” in place. These permits ...

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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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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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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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Cause Of The Ferguson Fire Released

VALLEJO — U.S. Forest Service investigators have determined the cause of the Ferguson Fire to be vehicle-related. Specifically, investigators believe superheated pieces of a catalytic converter came into contact with dry, roadside vegetation, igniting the fire. The Ferguson Fire started on the evening of Friday, July 13, along eastbound Highway 140 near Savage Trading Post at 8:30 p.m. (South Fork ...

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