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Sheriff’s Crime Log Week of July 27

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally during the week of Monday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug 2, 2015. Bass Lake Burglary A deputy responded to a radio call on Monday, July 27 at 7:38 a.m., arriving at the 54000 block of Road 432 for report of a commercial burglary. An ...

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Prius Vs. Expedition In North Fork Crash

NORTH FORK – The 3-way stop at Roads 274 and 225 claimed another victim this afternoon as a Prius got the better of a Ford Expedition. A 55-year-old man from Fresno was westbound on Road 225 in a 2014 Prius approaching North Fork at about 1:45 p.m., when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Road 274. A ...

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Willow Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

NORTH FORK – Demobilization continues on the Willow Fire, now estimated at 5,702 acres with 80 percent containment. Crews are being released to other fires across the state, and activity is winding down at the Incident Command Post. There are currently 1,313 personnel assigned to the incident. All remaining evacuations will be lifted as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, ...

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All Evacuations Lifted For Willow Fire Today

NORTH FORK – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the remaining evacuation orders for ‪‎Willow Fire‬ will be lifted today, Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. This includes all roads off of, and including, Douglas Ranger Station Road as well as Willow Canyon Road. Both roads will remain restricted to residents only. Residents will have to show proper ...

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Activity On Willow Fire Winding Down

NORTH FORK – Things are beginning to wind down on the Willow Fire, and crews and equipment are being released and made available for other fires across the region. The fire is now estimated at 5,702 acres, with 70 percent containment.  Over 1,700 personnel are currently assigned to the incident, but that number will drop dramatically over the next few ...

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Thieves Steal Kids’ Piggy Banks During Willow Fire Evacuation

NORTH FORK – When Amy Kern and her family were evacuated from Cascadel Woods during the Willow Fire it was very stressful for everyone, not knowing if they would have a home to return to. But what they found when they came back this morning was something they could never have imagined. Their home – along with at least four ...

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Willow Fire Burglaries In Cascadel Deemed Disgusting By Sheriff

NORTH FORK – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has received reports that at least five residences in the Cascadel Woods subdivision were burglarized during the mandatory evacuation due to the Willow Fire. The burglaries reported so far have involved houses on Vista Drive and most of them were discovered in the late evening hours on Sunday as residents were returning ...

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Willow Fire Now At 70 Percent Containment

NORTH FORK – The Willow Fire is now estimated at 5,502 acres and is 70 percent contained. Fire crews will continue mopping up hot spots and improving finelines. Smoke can still be seen within the fire as interior islands and heavy down material smolder. While 450 structures were threatened, not a single one was lost. Six minor injuries have been ...

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Home Away From Home In Fire Camp

NORTH FORK – Back in the day, we called it Fire Camp. These days, it’s known as the Incident Command Post (ICP). Whatever you call it, it’s where everything happens that supports boots on the ground out on the firelines, and where all decisions are made in fighting the fire. If you’ve never visited an ICP, it’s quite an impressive ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Cascadel Tonight

NORTH FORK – The mandatory evacuation order for Cascadel Woods area will be lifted tonight, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. This includes Road 233, Mission Drive and Peckinpah Acres Drive. Only residents with proper identification will be allowed back in. No one will allowed access before 9 p.m. Douglas Ranger Station Road, Central Camp Road and Willow Canyon Drive remain ...

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