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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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California Fire Update

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 27, 2020 – Firefighters across California continue to be on high alert as Red Flag Warnings due to strong winds persist today over much of the State. Over 5,000 firefighters are battling 22 wildfires in California. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 42 new wildfires, even under Red Flag Warning conditions, all but three have been contained. Fanned by ...

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Advisory: Public Safety Power Shutoff for Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – Oct. 23, 2020 – PG&E has notified the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is currently forecasted to affect areas of Mariposa County. This event is anticipated to begin on the afternoon of Sunday Oct. 25 and last through the evening of Tuesday Oct. 27 or Wednesday morning Oct. 28 before ...

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PG&E Expecting Public Safety Power Shutoff Due to Extreme Fire Weather for Madera County Mountain Communities

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Oct. 23, 2020 – PG&E has notified the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is expected to affect areas of Madera County Mountain Communities. The PSPS is in response to the National Weather Service issuing a red flag warning for extreme fire weather for portions of the Sierra ...

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