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Ferguson Fire Now Nearly 63,000 Acres, Firing Ops Continue

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire is now estimated at 62,883 acres and is 39 percent contained. On the eastern perimeter inside Yosemite National Park, crews advanced tactical firing south along Wawona Road (Highway 41) toward Wawona Campground. On the south, firefighters conducting firing operations east from Crow Peak along the Chowchilla Mountain Road, toward Wawona Campground. On the north ...

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Minimal Growth On Ferguson Fire, Weather Delays Some Firing Operations

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters held the growth of the Ferguson Fire to just 228 acres today. The fire is now estimated at 58,074 acres and is still 33 percent contained. Officials announced earlier today that the closure of some portions of Yosemite National Park will be extended to Aug. 5. Firefighters cannot always count on being able to conduct firing ...

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Ground Support Is A Critical Part Of The Mission On Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – While firefighters are out on the lines working to contain the Ferguson Fire, there are folks working behind the scenes to keep the wheels turning and the motors running. Needless to say, equipment breaks down, tires go flat, vehicle accidents happen, and you can’t just call AAA. The job of Ground Support is crucial to the success ...

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Victims Of Fatal Crash On Highway 49 Identified

OAKHURST — Another person has died as a result of a head-on collision on Highway 49 north of Oakhurst yesterday. Both victims have been been identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Lon Harry Rice, 74, of Mariposa, died at the scene when the truck he was driving was struck head-on near Griffin Drive in the Goldside area. Lon’s wife, ...

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Groveland Ranger District Closes Roads And Trails Due To Fire Danger

SONORA – Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken has signed a forest order closing several Groveland Ranger District roads and trails impacted by the Ferguson Fire. This closure is based on the current and expected fire behavior and will be in effect until Sept. 30, or until replaced or rescinded. Crews and firefighters with heavy equipment and driving emergency vehicles ...

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Successful Firing Operations Increase Containment On Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters continue to focus on tactical firing operations across the Ferguson Fire, which is now estimated at 57,846 acres and is now 33 percent contained. Officials estimate there are 2,846 structures threatened by the fire, and one non-residential structure has been destroyed. Crews made good progress overnight as they continued to widen and strengthen containment lines on ...

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Firing Operations Continue On Ferguson Fire, More Evacuations Lifted

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firing operations continued today on the three sides of the Ferguson Fire, now estimated at 57,041 acres. The fire grew by just 382 acres today, and is still reported as 30 percent contained. There was good news today for residents along East Westfall Road, the Ponderosa Basin and for some who live along Highway 140 as mandatory ...

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Fatal Crash On Highway 49 North Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Two people are dead and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 49 in the Goldside area north of Oakhurst. At 1:12 p.m., on July 30, CHP received reports of a head-on collision with injuries and lane blockage just south of Griffin Drive. According to witnesses, a Jeep Cherokee owned by the Forest Service was southbound ...

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Jazz And Roots-Blues Americana At Music On The Green

MARIPOSA – The next weekend of the free Summer Concert Series, Music on the Green – brought to you by The Mariposa Co. Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – at The Art Park in historic downtown Mariposa, features the jazz stylings of The Blue Skies Trio with special guest vocalist Amy Duke, on Friday, Aug. 3. On Saturday, ...

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Firing Operations Continue, Ferguson Fire Nearly 57,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY –  Firefighters had a productive night with tactical firing operations as they made progress toward full suppression on the Ferguson Fire. Officials reported the fire grew by 2,178 acres overnight and is now at 56,659 acres, still with 30 percent containment. Last night, starting at about 7 p.m., crews began burning inside Yosemite National Park, south along Wawona ...

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