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UCCE to Offer Two-Part Pile Burning Workshop

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Winter can be a great time for pile burning brush and other woody debris around your home. Learning how to construct and prepare hand piles takes skill and an understanding of safety and weather considerations to minimize the risk of escape. The University of California Cooperative Extension invites community members to a 2-part pile burning workshop to ...

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UCCE to Offer Post-Fire Forest Resilience Workshop

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Save the Date! Register now for a California Post- Fire Forest Resilience Workshop! Post-Fire Resilience Workshop Flyer (PDF) Online every Wednesday from 6 – 7:30 p.m. February 1 to March 15 and in-person field trips on Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17. Hosted by University of California Cooperative Extension in collaboration with CAL FIRE, California Association of Resource Conservation ...

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PBA Info Session and Christmas VBS Coming Up

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — We’ve got two important events happening this week that you don’t want to miss. There were be a Prescribed Burn Association information session tomorrow night at the South Gate Brewing Company and a Christmas Vacation Bible School at the Calvary Chapel of the Sierra on Saturday. We’ll see you there! Prescribed Burn Association Information Session Thursday, December ...

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Bass Lake Ranger District to Initiate Prescribed Burning

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NORTH FORK — Due to reduced fire activity throughout the state and across the country, Sierra National Forest fire crews have returned from their fire assignments, becoming available to support and manage local prescribed fire projects. Please see the attached maps for general locations. BASS LAKE PILE BURN VICINITY MAP – MADERA (PDF) BASS LAKE PILE BURN VICINITY MAP – ...

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Turn Back Clocks and Test Smoke Alarms This Weekend

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — As daylight saving time ends on November 6, the American Red Cross encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back to help stay safe from home fires. “Home fires claim more lives in a typical year than all natural disasters combined, but working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in ...

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UCCE and Mariposa County to Offer Pest Management Workshop

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MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will be presenting its annual 2022 Winter Integrated Pest Management workshop on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Building A. See map below. Join us for this workshop if you are interested in learning about the California Department of ...

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Fermenting & Pickling: Recipes From Around the World

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MARIPOSA COUNTY — The UC Master Food Preservers of Mariposa County will be offering a hands-on workshop, “Fermenting and Pickling: Cultural Recipes from around the World” on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley. McCay Hall 2820 CA-140 Catheys Valley, CA 95306 209-966-3833 Fermenting & Pickling Workshop Flyer (PDF) This hands-on workshop ...

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Fire Prevention Week is Here. Map Your Path to Safety Now!

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — In a partnership spanning more than 90 years, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week — are uniting to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.” CAL FIRE urges all residents to incorporate ...

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Two Minutes May Be All You Have to Escape a House Fire

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — This Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15), the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter urges everyone to practice their two-minute home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms to stay safe from the nation’s most frequent disaster. Two minutes is the amount of time that fire experts say you may have to safely escape a home fire ...

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UCCE Presents Basics of Fermenting and Pickling in Merced

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MERCED — The UC Master Food Preservers of Mariposa County (serving Mariposa, Merced, Madera and Fresno Counties) will be holding a workshop, “Basics of Fermenting and Pickling” in Merced at the UC Cooperative Extension office on October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required and is available online. Interested parties may also call 209-966-2417 for more information. This is ...

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