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Fires Update Friday Morning

COUNTY – Updates on Sky Fire in Oakhurst and Corrine Fire in North Fork: Friday, June 16, 6 a.m.: the Sky Fire burning on the Sierra National Forest is now estimated at 400 acres with 15 percent containment. All road closures and evacuations remain in place. We will update in depth soon. Friday, June 16, 7 a.m.: the Corrine Fire ...

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Sky Fire At 125 Acres And Growing

OAKHURST – The Sky Fire has now grown to over 125 acres, and evacuations continue along Sky Ranch Road (Road 632) just north of Oakhurst. The fire was reported at 2:35 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, when a vehicle caught fire and spread into the surrounding vegetation.

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Search & Rescue Training Turns Into Real-Life Mission

MADERA COUNTY – A day of training for Search & Rescue personnel and dog teams turned into the real thing Saturday afternoon when a 12-year-old autistic boy went missing in the Sierra National Forest just south of Shuteye Peak. A group of amateur radio operators were spending the day on a geocaching project about 15 miles north of North Fork ...

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Success On Source-Kinsman Fuels Project Burn

Kinsman Flat burn 2015 - photo US Forest Service

NORTH FORK – A prescribed burn of over 60 acres near Kinsman Flats has been successfully completed, accomplishing the goals of reducing fuels near homes in the area, and improving habitat for wildlife. The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District, Fuels and Fire Management staff, ignited the burns on Thursday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 6, on the Source ...

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Prescribed Burn Planned For Kinsman Flats

NORTH FORK – The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District, Fuels and Fire Management staff are planning to ignite a prescribed burn on the Source Kinsman Fuels Project during the early spring months of February and March 2015 depending on weather conditions. This burn will only be 1 to 3 days in duration and will be in patrol and ...

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Sierra National Forest Joins Hmong New Year

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest and Central California Consortium (CCC) are currently hosting an information booth at the Hmong International New Year at the Fresno Fairgrounds through January 1st. The CCC is an environmental education, minority outreach and recruitment program and serves as a bridge between the USDA Forest Service, underserved areas, and community partners. The mission of the ...

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Trail Work Complete Near Hite’s Cove

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On November 22 and 23, a group of volunteers with the Upper Merced Watershed Council and the Sierra National Forest Trailshots crew worked together to improve trail conditions on the South Fork Merced Trail in the Hite’s Cove area. Under the supervision of Trailshots Trail Leader, Andrew Fish, the group cleared brush and used rock bars ...

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USFS Fire Staffing Levels Cut For Winter

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Sierra National Forest Fire Management Officer announced earlier in the week that fire suppression resources would be transitioning from full fire season staffing to winter staffing levels. “With a change in the weather due to rain to date, cooler temperatures, and shorter days, the potential for large fires has been reduced on the forest,” said ...

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Lost Hunters Located By Search Teams

MADERA COUNTY – Two overdue hunters have been located by Madera County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team. They are reportedly in OK condition and are heading home. Earlier today, the Sheriff’s Office mobilized a search for the pair, reportedly missing in the area of Muglers Meadow, located in the Sierra National Forest. Muglers Meadow is located off Beasore Road near ...

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Scenic Byway Open, Some Campgrounds Remain Closed

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – After the devastation of the French Fire along the Scenic Byway, the main roads have since been reopened to the public. Forest Road 81(Mammoth Pool/Minarets Road) is open, however some campgrounds in the area remain closed. Fish Creek, Rock Creek, Placer and Sweetwater campgrounds are closed. All campgrounds from Little Jackass and beyond are open. For ...

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