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Fork Fire Community Meeting and Update

NORTH FORK–The Fork Fire is on its fourth day of burning and firefighters both in the air and on the ground are gaining in the battle to control the fire. What started as 4 roadside fires on Wednesday, September 7, 202, has now burned 819 acres. The firefight is being led by CalFire’s Madera, Mariposa, and Merced Unit. CAL FIRE ...

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Extreme Heat And Wildfire Smoke Expected Labor Day Weekend

The Valley Air District urges Valley and Foothill residents to protect their health and reduce their energy use FRESNO — With the extreme heat facing the Valley and Foothills, the Valley Air District encourages residents to take action to keep cool, check on their family and neighbors, monitor air quality levels, and reduce strain on the energy grid wherever possible. ...

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Californians Urged to Continue Conserving Electricity

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Grid Operator Calling for Third Straight Day of Voluntary Energy Conservation as Most of  California Remains Under Excessive Heat Warnings OAKLAND, Calif. — The state’s grid operator, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), credits conservation efforts over the past two days for maintaining grid stability and has encouraged customers to answer the call once again today. CAISO issued a Flex ...

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September is National Preparedness Month

Red Cross Urges Everyone  to Get Ready Now for Emergencies, Climate Change Causing More Disasters in the U.S. than Anywhere Else FRESNO — People everywhere are feeling the impacts of climate change with more frequent and intense weather events threatening our communities. September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross, Central Valley Chapter, urges everyone to get ready for ...

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Firewise Workday Turns Into True Test Of Brains And Courage

BASS LAKE — As the heart of fire season ensues, and rural California is once again faced with the continued consequences of increasingly high record-breaking temperatures, seasonal droughts, and poorly managed forests, our local community is reminded of the importance of maintaining a Firewise and fire-safe environment in the home, neighborhood, and general community.  Though this may often present difficulty, ...

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Valley Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Wildfire Smoke

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The 2022 wildfire season has arrived in central California with isolated grass and wildland fires threatening to bring smoke into the San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is encouraging residents to be prepared and plan now for potential poor air quality due to wildfire smoke that might reach the Valley as we ...

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CAL FIRE Says Prepare Homes Now for Wildfire Season

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — As California’s weather has already increased fire danger across the state, CAL FIRE is urging Californians to ensure they prepare their homes and property for wildfire. CAL FIRE officials are providing tips to residents to ensure they prepare for wildfire by focusing on Defensible Space and Home Hardening retrofits. “Recent wildfires and research have highlighted how the ...

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Fire Mapping System Helps Residents Prepare for Fire Season

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Fire season is upon us and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community of valuable informational resources available to them in the event a fire breaks out near their property. We encourage you to take all warnings and orders seriously, as not adhering to these instructions can lead to injury or death. Please ...

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Prep for Fire Season With Defensible Spaces Around the Home

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MOUNTAIN COMMNUNITIES — Yosemite National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior want you to prepare for what is very likely to be a long and dry summer. There are many steps you can take NOW to prepare your home for the upcoming fire season. Consider the following ways you can protect you and your family this summer, such ...

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FCFA Providing Free Wood Chipping for Fish Camp Residents

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FISH CAMP — The Fish Camp Fire Association is funding a free chipping program for Fish Camp residents that includes brush, limbs, and small trees. This program is designed to help you (or someone you’ve contracted) clear a 100′ space around your home (or to your property line). This includes fuel ladders and small trees. 2022 Chipping Dates for Fish ...

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