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Wildfire Wednesday: Evacuation Plan – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles SNO will be doing called “Wildfire Wednesday.” To begin, there will be 8 articles presenting “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by Katie Hepler and the members of the California Fire Support Group on Facebook. The California Fire Support Group is ...

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Homeowner Assistance Available for Defensible Space

MADERA COUNTY–The Eastern Madera County Fire Safe Council (EMCFSC) is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for Defensible Space Assistance, chipping, and hazard tree removal. EMCFSC has resources available to assist low-income, tribal, elderly, or otherwise disadvantaged residents. Residents identified as vulnerable in Eastern Madera County (EMC) with establishing defensible space in compliance with regional code ordinances. ...

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Atmospheric River Set to Hit Us Hard

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting a powerful atmospheric river driven storm will bring strong and damaging winds, excessive rainfall, and up to 6 feet of new snow to our communities over the next few days. A Wind Advisory for the San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Foothills, and the Coastal Range will begin tonight (Saturday, February 3) at ...

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County Proposes New Evac Route

OAKHURST—As part of his Town Hall series, District 5 Supervisor Robert Macaulay held a meeting at the Oakhurst Elementary School Multipurpose Room on January 22nd. He and other Madera County officials laid out plans for a potential evacuation route to serve the John West/Jean Road area of Oakhurst. The area is one of several in the eastern Madera County area ...

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Wind and Rain and Snow, Oh My!

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting record high temperatures today for some San Joaquin Valley locations. This will be followed by an impactful atmospheric river bringing heavy precipitation to Central California Wednesday evening through Friday. The majority of this precipitation will fall Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The snow level will start at around 6,000 feet Wednesday ...

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Peak Wellness Expo at Coarsegold Community Center Jan. 13

COARSEGOLD – Did you set health goals for 2024? A week into the new year, how’s it going? If you need a boost toward forging a path to better health,  help is on the way. Eastern Madera County Recreation and Parks (EMRAP), a local non-profit volunteer organization, brings together a wealth of community resources at a Peak Wellness Expo.  The ...

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Know Your Zone in an Emergency

MADERA COUNTY–Madera County has begun utilizing an innovative on-line map service, Genasys Protect (formerly Zonehaven), for the public to reference as an additional tool to receive prompt, accurate information during an emergency. Genasys Protect allows community members to go to their website or smartphone app and enter their address to see if they are impacted by any ongoing incidents, making ...

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FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) tomorrow, Oct. 4. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET (11:20 ...

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Red Cross Wildfire Assessment Program

OAKHURST–The local American Red Cross in Oakhurst has been selected to participate in a pilot “Wildfire Assessment” program for the residents of Eastern Madera County. This program is to assess Zone Zero (0 to 5 feet from your residence). Most structures that burn during a wildfire are the result of burning embers igniting combustible vegetation and other combustibles within Zone ...

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Women in Business Luncheon Coming to Ducey’s Bar & Grill

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BASS LAKE — The Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce will present a Women in Business luncheon tomorrow at Ducey’s Bar & Grill to discuss wildfire preparation. This luncheon will feature Ashley Nebeker Burns of the Eastern Madera County Fire Safe Council as guest speaker. Date & Time: Tuesday, June 13, 2023, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meal Selections Ducey’s Salad, with ...

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Madera County District 5 Town Hall Meeting Thursday Night

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Please join Madera County District 5 Supervisor Bobby Macaulay tomorrow night for an informative online town hall meeting via Zoom. This meeting will include a discussion on insurance and resources available to help you harden your home against wildfire. Supervisor Macaulay will be joined by, among others, Justin Macomb from Cal Fire and Richie M. Sayavong from ...

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