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Road Construction To Begin On Minarets Road, Bass Lake Ranger District

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CLOVIS — Sierra National Forest officials are alerting community residents and visitors of a road construction project with partial closures and delays on Minarets Road. Road work will start this Friday, Oct. 4, and continue through Friday, Oct. 18. There will be a traffic control plan in place to allow drivers to pass through this area safely. Drivers are requested ...

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Emergency Evacuation Plan For Pets

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COARSEGOLD — To help celebrate National Dog Day — Aug. 26 — Amanda Steen, co-owner of Graydon Kennels, shared some important tips she learned from her father Michael Steen to help keep your pets safe and secure. “The time to plan is not during a panic situation,” Amanda says. Vaccinations Typical vaccination requirements that professionals will need include: Dogs — ...

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County Code Enforcement Officers On Lookout For ‘Bad Neighbors’

MADERA — What can a mountain area property owner do when a neighbor’s grass grows head high or a rusty old junker has been parked out front since the 1990s? Call the Madera County code enforcement department — or better yet, file a complaint online. Madera County receives hundreds of citizen-generated complaints a year, according to Joe Trujillo, the County’s ...

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Mt. Bullion Crew Clears ‘Fire Fuel’ Around Oakhurst Community Center

OAKHURST — The Mt. Bullion Fire Crew is conducting a weed abatement and fire-safety operation this week around the Oakhurst Community Center and Oakhurst Little League fields. The two-day (June 25-26) operation is being supervised by Captain Gordon Dulcich. During Tuesday’s cleanup at the OCC, the fire crew was called away twice. “They had to drop all of their weed ...

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Live-Fire Training With County-Donated Structure

MADERA COUNTY — Cal Fire conducted a relatively rare live-fire training course Saturday and Sunday in Chowchilla. Participants in the weekend class — called State Fire Marshal Fire Control 3A — came from the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) and included individuals from Madera County Fire, Madera City Fire, Mariposa County Fire, Merced County Fire, Atwater City Fire, California Department ...

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Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Includes Major Fuel Break Project

NORTH FORK — Several fires in the last few years, including the Courtney Fire (2014), Railroad Fire (2017), and Mission Fire (2017), posed significant risks to public health and safety and destroyed homes and infrastructure. In many cases, defensible space and thinned areas made the difference in preventing further high severity fire and economic loss. The Madera Strategic Wildfire Mitigation ...

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ArborWorks Branches Out In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — “We have a lot of people working in this area and really want to be involved in the community,” says Chriso Lee, director of operations for ArborWorks Inc., a tree care company that in just the past few years has become one of the area’s largest employers. Every day, the company sends dozens of crews out around the ...

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Fire Safety: What You Learn Could Save Your Life

OAKHURST — Area residents looking for ways to “harden” their homes and prepare for fire season got some tips on Saturday, June 15 at Oakhurst Elementary when Madera County officials, in partnership with other area public safety agencies, hosted a wildland fire safety workshop. “Go home and put on your firefighter hat and take a good look around your home ...

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Latest Cal Fire Burn Restrictions For Madera County

MADERA — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced effective 8 a.m. Friday, May 31, hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County is restricted below 2,000 feet in elevation. Hazard reduction burning above 2,000 feet is allowed with a valid permit from San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Burn permits may ...

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PG&E To Customers: Have a Plan for Upcoming Spring Storms

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists are forecasting that spring storms will impact its service area today and Thursday. PG&E meteorologists forecast a late spring storm moving into the service area beginning this afternoon, and they urge customers to take the necessary steps to be prepared and stay safe. Moderate to heavy rain is forecast to ...

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