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Braden Varney – The Lives He Touched

Hard working, protector, giving, loving, sensitive, kind and quiet are a few words that describe Braden Varney. Son, brother, husband, father and friend explain the lives he’s touched. Braden was born to Gordie and Lynn Varney on May 12, 1982. At the young age of four, Braden operated his first snow plow that Gordie made him out of a riding ...

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Ferguson Fire Grows To Over 30,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire was active on most every front Saturday as it grew to 30,493 acres. It is just 6 percent contained. The number of personnel assigned to the incident has increased to 2,903, including 204 engines, 72 crews, 42 dozers, 38 water tenders, 17 helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft as conditions allow. Most of the new line ...

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Ferguson Fire Now Over 29,000 Acres, More Evacuations Ordered

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire grew more than 1,900 acres today after the inversion lifted, with most of the activity on the north flank of the fire. It is now estimated at at 29,045 acres with 6 percent containment. Most of the increased acreage was north of Highway 140 near Ned’s Gulch where the fire spotted over yesterday. Both ...

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Ferguson Fire Grows By 2,500 Acres Overnight

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire continues to challenge firefighters as it pushes north across the Merced River along Highway 140 west of Yosemite National Park. The Ferguson Fire grew more than 2,500 acres throughout the day and into the night hours Friday as the inversion layer lifted and fire activity increased in many areas of the fire’s footprint. It ...

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Red Cross Opens Evac Center In Yosemite Valley For Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA  — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has opened an evacuation center to further accommodate those affected by the Ferguson Fire, located at Yosemite Valley Elementary School, 9009 Lost Arrow, in Yosemite Valley. Evacuations have been ordered for Old El Portal, Yosemite View Lodge, Rancheria and Foresta communities. The following Red Cross locations are open to assist ...

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Ferguson Fire Now 24,450 Acres, Spotted Across Merced River

MARIPOSA COUNTY – More than 2,700 people are involved in the firefight south of Highway 140 in Mariposa County, battling sweltering heat along with a fire that keeps pushing through incredibly steep and dangerous terrain. The Ferguson Fire, now in its seventh day, is estimated at 24,450 acres and 7 percent containment. The fire spotted north across the Merced River ...

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Ferguson Fire Jumps The Merced River To The North

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Just after 3 p.m. the Ferguson Fire spotted across the Merced River to the north and onto the Stanislaus National Forest at the north end of Ferguson Ridge in the river’s dogleg west of Cedar Lodge. Helicopters were called in to work what was reported as two spot fires. The largest is now reported to be 250 ...

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Breathing Through The Smoky Days

When I look out my window and see poor air quality, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating in the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ashy-air is showing in ...

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