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Weather Aiding Crews on the Creek Fire

MADERA COUNTY – Sept. 18, 2020 – Weather conditions for today will feature increasing humidity along with the chance for light showers in the region. This humidity will help reduce the volatility of spot fires, and slow progression of the fire in the north and northeastern sections of the fire. The favorable weather conditions continue to allow the Madera County ...

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Alert | US National Weather Service Hanford California

HANFORD – The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert of north to northeast wind gusts from 30 to 50 mph for much of the area where the Creek Fire is burning this evening and into the night. These strong, gusty winds will  likely result in extreme fire behavior  creating even more challenging conditions for the firefighters. Please ...

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Creek Fire and High Winds Bring Significant Smoke

The Creek Fire and other wildfires around the state are causing smoke impacts to all counties of the Valley air basin.  As a result, the District is reissuing the current health caution (originally issued on August 17th), which will remain in place until the fires are extinguished. The District anticipates unhealthy air quality to affect various parts of the Valley ...

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PG&E Customers Urged to Conserve Energy During Labor Day Weekend Heat Wave

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges its customers to conserve energy during afternoons and evenings over the three-day Labor Day weekend. The state’s grid operator has issued a Flex Alert, based on a forecast of increased power demand due to expected high temperatures. Customers are asked to reduce their energy use from 3 p.m. until 9 ...

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California Heatwave Extends into Work Week: PG&E Urges Customers to Conserve and Prepare in Case of Rotating Power Outages

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to conserve energy to help prevent the need for rotating outages. PG&E meteorologists are forecasting the heatwave to get even hotter and continue through Wednesday night. Conservation is critical to help reduce the need for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to direct the state’s utilities, including PG&E, to ...

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Winter’s Back! Storm Warning in Effect Through Tuesday

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued Winter Storm Warning for eastern Madera County. The warning is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday morning as a fast-moving weather system is expected to bring significant accumulations of rain and snow to the area. By mid-afternoon Monday, rain was turning to snow on the Deadwood stretch of Highway ...

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‘Snow, Winter Weather’ Advisory Issued for Weekend

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford on Saturday reissued a Winter Storm Advisory for eastern Madera County as a blast of winter weather is expected to move in Saturday night, bringing snow and high winds to the mountain area. “A storm system originating in the Gulf of Alaska will bring much colder weather and precipitation to the ...

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Sparse Sierra Snow Pack Could Mean Early Start to Fire Season

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — NASA satellite images taken this past week from more than 400 miles above Earth show snow pack levels in the Sierras at just 54 percent of their historical average for this time of the year. The most recent data is sparking concerns that parts of California are slipping back into a drought — and that the 2020 ...

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Winter Storm Blankets Mountain Area with Snow

OAKHURST — A powerful winter storm moved into the mountain area Thursday, with heavy rain turning to snow by mid-afternoon. Snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were forecast for areas above 4,000 feet. Caltrans had multiple snow plows operating between Coarsegold and Yosemite National Park. CHP reported a handful of accidents as cars slid into each other and off ...

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Wet Weather Delays Completion of NF Roundabout

NORTH FORK — Mother Nature has tapped the brakes on North Fork’s highly anticipated new roundabout. The recent series of storms — including a rare “bomb cyclone” — has forced contractors on the job to slow the pace of work, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout began in mid-June ...

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