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Flood Preparedness Week 2021

This year California Flood Preparedness Week takes place from October 23rd to October 30th, 2021.  In it’s eighth year, California Flood Preparedness Week was started by The California Department of Water Resources as a single event in Sacramento and is now promoted statewide to inform and educate Californians about flood risk and preparedness.  Many communities throughout California have experienced flooding ...

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Make Safety a Priority for Holiday Travel

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Nearly half of Americans (47%) plan to travel in the next six months, including 51% with plans to travel for Christmas, according to a recent survey. A majority (76%) plan to travel by car, but more than a third of travelers are as concerned about road safety as they are about contracting COVID-19.           Consider these ...

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Heroes Wanted! Are You Ready?

OAKHURST–Are You Up for the Challenge? Cal Fire wants YOU! No doubt 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years in nearly all respects. Fires, winds, floods, pandemics. And there’s little doubt we’ll be in for more in the future. Do you have what it takes to become a Paid-Call Firefighter (PCF) with Cal Fire in Madera County? Matthew Watson, Assistant ...

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Special Weather Statement from US National Weather Service

Mountain Communities – Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of south central Mariposa, southeastern Madera, eastern Merced and central Fresno Counties through 1:45 PM PDT. At 1:05 PM PDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from Oakhurst to 9 miles southwest of Raisin City. Movement was east at 25 mph. Radar indicated pea size hail. IMPACT…Minor damage ...

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Weather Alerts – Roadway Conditions and School Closures

We will continue to update conditions throughout the storm – stay safe!   Alert | Motor vehicle accident Darrah Road / Quail Ridge Drive in Bootjack.   Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of south central Mariposa, southeastern Madera, eastern Merced and central Fresno Counties through 1:45 PM PDT.   https://sierranewsonline.com/special-weather-statement-from-us-national-weather-service/ Alert | Traffic hazard near the William Sell Bridge. Boulders ...

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National Weather Service Predicts Severe Winter Storm Ahead

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — There are so many reasons we love living here in the foothills of the Motherlode, however, there are some risks as well. One of the biggest risks is wildfires, and for the past several months we’ve been living on edge waiting for a wildfire to strike close to home. Now, just like someone turned on a switch, ...

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Flash Flood Watch for Mountain Communities

Mountain Communities  –   The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for a portion of central California, including the following areas, Fresno-Tulare Lower Sierra, Kaiser to Rodgers Ridge, Mariposa-Madera Lower Sierra, San Joaquin River Canyon, and Upper San Joaquin River. ...

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Weather Update for the Weekend: Flood Watch Alert

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — From the National Weather Service, Hanford CA, at 12:45 p.m., Oct. 21, 2021. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR THE CREEK FIRE, SQF COMPLEX, FRENCH FIRE, KNP COMPLEX AND WINDY FIRE BURN SCARS. An intense band of precipitation will move through between late Sunday morning and Monday evening. Periods of moderate ...

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Cancelled – Madera County Sheriff’s Office Issues Alert on Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff

Mountain Communities – Update 10/10/21 10:00am- PG&E has notified the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services that Madera County has been removed from the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event. Power in the areas of North Fork, Bass Lake and Central Camp will not be de-energized as anticipated. Weather conditions will continue to be monitored. Updated information will ...

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