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Cal Fire Transitions into Winter Preparedness, Reduces Staffing

MARIPOSA – Cooler weather and recent rains have prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into winter staffing levels as of Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. The transition to winter preparedness allows Cal Fire to release some seasonal firefighters, reduce staffing on fire engines and close certain wildland fire stations. ...

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Delays On Wawona Road For Ferguson Fire Repairs

YOSEMITE – Motorists headed into Yosemite on Highway 41/Wawona Road should be prepared for delays as work begins along the Ferguson Fire burn area. Weather permitting, crews will begin repairing the Wawona Road between Chinquapin Junction and the Rostrum on Monday, Dec. 10. During the project there will be single-lane traffic control with up to 30-minute delays, and park officials ...

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Free Admission Days To National Wildlife Refuges

ARLINGTON, VA. – Across America, national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors amid scenic beauty. And they do it on awe-inducing landscapes that range from Oregon’s rocky cliffs to Texas lagoons, from Maine wilderness to woods and fields inside the city of Philadelphia. Thirty refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on these ...

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Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Meeting Cancelled, Webinar Available

YOSEMITE – The public meeting for the Replace the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Project and Environmental Assessment (EA) scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Rush Creek Lodge has been cancelled due to the National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush and the Federal Government Closure. Although the meeting will not be rescheduled due to ...

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Highway 140 Into Yosemite Has Reopened

MARIPOSA — After tireless work by Caltrans maintenance crews and partners, District 10 and the California Highway Patrol have reopened State Route 140 in the area of the Ferguson Fire burn scar as of noon on Friday, Nov. 30. The roadway closure began overnight at 2 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, and is still in place for now, say authorities. ...

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Rains Lead To Mudslides And Debris Flows On Highway 140

MARIPOSA — With portions of Highway 140 closed for public safety during the current storms, Caltrans says crews are working tirelessly to patrol, clear, maintain, and eventually re-open the roadway in the Ferguson Fire burn scar in Mariposa County. Midpines Maintenance Supervisor Jess McCoy provided these photos of his crew at work as mud, rocks, vegetation and other materials cover ...

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Public Comment Period Open For Big Oak Flat Welcome Center

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has announced the release of the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Environmental Assessment (EA). The public comment period for the EA is open until Dec. 20. The EA describes and analyzes one action alternative to improve visitor experience, address deferred maintenance, improve safety, and increase operational efficiency at the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center ...

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Glacier Point And Tioga Pass To Close Ahead Of Winter Storm

YOSEMITE – The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park will close to all vehicular traffic beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, due to incoming winter weather. The road will reopen as weather and road conditions permit. This is not necessarily a seasonal closure. A series of winter storms are expected to pass through the Yosemite ...

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Wildfires Continue To Devastate California Communities

CALIFORNIA – The deadliest fire in the state’s history continues its path of destruction through Butte County in northern California as the death toll rises to 48 in the Camp Fire. Meanwhile, firefighters continue their battle against the Hill and Woolsey Fires on the southern end of the state. There are currently more than 9,300 firefighters assigned to these three ...

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Over 8,000 Firefighters On The Lines, Thousands Of Homes Lost

CALIFORNIA – Over 8,000 firefighters from throughout the state continue to battle three large wildfires in California. There are currently 1,035 fire engines, 141 dozers, 166 hand crews, 80 water tenders, 42 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers assigned to the incidents, and out-of-state resources continue to arrive. The Camp Fire in northern California has claimed the lives of 23 ...

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