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Create Your Defensible Space

CAL FIRE reminds us to “Create Your Defensible Space” as fire season approaches.  Madera-Mariposa-Merced- Recent rains were a welcome sight to drought parched California, but the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) firefighters are not letting their guard down. CAL FIRE’s Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) will be conducting inspections within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) and enforcing the ...

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Heavy Snow Expected Above 3000 Feet

Today’s expected storm will bring much needed snow to the higher elevations in the Central Sierra Foothills, Southern Sierra Foothills and Central Sierra. Including Bass Lake, Fish Camp, Wawona, Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Tuolumne Meadows, and Shaver Lake. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for elevations above 3000 feet starting at 4pm today ...

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PG&E to Lovebirds: Make Sure the Only Sparks You Generate Are with Your Valentine, and Not from Metallic Balloons in Power Lines

Prevent power outages by securing metallic balloons with a weight SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and couples across California are busy making elaborate romantic plans that entail . . . staying at home. But if those Covid-19-friendly, stay-at-home plans involve metallic balloons, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reminding all of its customers ...

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Supervisor Wheeler February Town Hall to Discuss Emergency Services

NORTH FORK – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting via Zoom to discuss, Emergency Services, “what to expect in an emergency.” Joining supervisor Wheeler will be a host of Madera County Emergency Services Representatives including, Sheriff Pogue, Fire Chief Beery, Katrina Poitras from Red Cross and many others. Everybody should zoom in to learn and ...

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Evacuation Warning for Creek Fire Burn Scar Areas Including Cascadel and Kinsman Flat

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an evacuation warning for Road 225 between Cascadel Road, including the area within Sierra National Forest, due to an incoming storm with possible debris/mud flow concerns. The evacuation warning area includes Kinsman Flat Subdivision, Saginaw Creek Subdivision, and Cascadel Road at Cascadel Heights Drive (Cascadel Woods Subdivision). The National Weather Service ...

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Winter Storm Warning for Central Sierra Foothills

NORTH FORK – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Central Sierra Foothills including the cities of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Squaw Valley, Auberry, North Fork, Mariposa, Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Bass Lake, Fish Camp, Wawona and Shaver Lake. The warning will remain in effect from 10 pm Jan 26, 2021 through 4 am Jan ...

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PG&E Update on Mono Wind Event and Preparations for Upcoming Severe Weather

Wind event update – PG&E crews continue to work on repairing damage from last weeks mono wind event. In some areas, they are essentially having to rebuild the infrastructure from scratch, particularly near Wawona and Fish Camp. Currently about 800 customers remain out of power. PG&E brought in temporary generation to restore many customers, and may install more in the ...

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Yosemite National Park Weather Alert

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park and the National Weather Service is forecasting heavy snow, rain, and winds starting late afternoon Tuesday, with heaviest rain/snow Wednesday and Thursday. Snow level will start around 2,000 feet and rise to about 5,000 ft. Up to 10-12 feet of snow is possible at the higher elevations. Please be advised of the current and upcoming ...

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Travel Discouraged During Weekend Storm

The National Weather Service is forecasting several large winter storms to impact Madera County this weekend. Snow is expected to reach as low as 1500-2000 feet, and rain is projected from Friday through next week. The Madera County Office of Emergency Services encourages local residents to begin preparing for the upcoming storm now. Current power outages are expected to be ...

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