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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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PG&E: Public Safety Power Shut Off Expected Monday

NORTH FORK – PG&E has notified the Madera County Office of Emergency Services and Mariposa County of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event.  The PSPS is expected to affect the areas of 41 North, Sugar Pine area, Central Camp, Cascadel Woods, and Redinger Lake as well as Wawona and Fish Camp in Mariposa County. The PSPS is being considered ...

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CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Declares End to Fire Season, Transitions to Winter Preparedness

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit (MMU) to declare an end to fire season effective Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. within Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. “2020 brought yet another record-setting peak wildfire season. Fires impacted the entire state, reminding us of ...

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Chimney Fire Precautions

SACRAMENTO – As temperatures fall and you spend more time indoors in front of the fireplace, the last thing you want to think about is the condition of your chimney. Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage or destroy homes and injure people. Clean chimneys don’t catch fire. Make sure a professional chimney sweep inspects your solid fuel venting ...

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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Can Now Accept Emergency 911 Text

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office now has the ability to accept emergency text messages. Residents can text 911 instead of calling, if they are unable to do so in the case of an emergency. This technology is available to use from their cell phones when speaking on the phone is not an option or could put the caller in ...

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Winter Storm Warning for Central Sierra

Nov 6, 2020 – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Central Sierra. The warning will take effect at 1pm this afternoon and will remain until 10pm Sunday above 4000 foot elevation. Heavy snow is expected in the higher elevations with an accumulation of 12 to 15 inches above 7000 feet and 6 to 12 ...

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California Fire Updates

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CALIFORNIA – Nov 3, 2020 – This morning nearly 4,100 firefighters continue to battle 22 wildfires in California. With favorable weather conditions firefighters are working hard to increase containment lines. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 23 new wildfires and quickly contained them. Continued quiet, dry, and mild conditions continue through much of the week for most of the State. Elevated fire ...

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Creek Fire Update

NORTH FORK – Nov 1, 2020 – The Creek Fire has now charred more than 380,000 acres with 70% containment. Full containment is not expected until the middle of November. The devastating fire has destroyed 853 structures and damaged another 64. The ignition source of the Creek Fire is still under investigation. There remains a crew of nearly 1000 men ...

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California Fire Updates

CALIFORNIA – Nov 1, 2020 – Over 4,600 firefighters continue to battle 22 wildfires in California. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 37 new wildfires, all of which were quickly contained. As favorable weather conditions remain, firefighters are gaining the upper hand on these fires with containment numbers increasing. California will be under the influence of a strong high pressure system, with ...

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