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‘Ben’ Fire Now 55% Contained; Evacuation Order Lifted

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Ben Fire south of Mariposa has charred 48 acres and is 55 percent contained, according to the latest update from CAL FIRE, issued at 7 a.m. Thursday.The fire started Wednesday afternoon off Ben Hur and Buckeye roads, prompting a mandatory evacuation for residents with odd number addresses on Ben Hur Road from Green Hills to Silver ...

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Madera County Reports 51 New Cases, 10th COVID-19 Death

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 51 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 1054. County health officials also reported another COVID-related death, raising the county’s death toll to 10 since the pandemic began in March.As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, MCDPH was reporting 477 active cases — and ...

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Evacuation Order Issued for ‘Ben’ Fire in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA — A mandatory evacuation order was issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office after a vegetation fire sparked Wednesday afternoon off Ben Hur and Buckeye roads south of Mariposa. CAL FIRE, which has dubbed the blaze the “Ben” Fire, says that so far the fire has burned about 30 acres and is 0 percent contained. The fire has prompted ...

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Surge Continues: Madera County Tops 1,000 COVID-19 Cases

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 40 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 1003. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, MCDPH was reporting 461 active cases — and 563 recoveries. A recently added note on MCDPH’s website states that due to “state standardization” under the new Cal ...

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Madera County Reports Another Death; Total Cases Up to 963

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 70 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The latest cases include those confirmed Saturday, Sunday and today, raising the total number of cases countywide to 963.As of 5 p.m. Monday, MCDPH’s data dashboard was reporting 484 currently active cases — and 470 recoveries.Twelve people with coronavirus are currently hospitalized ...

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‘Power’ Fire Now 60% Contained; Six Firefighters Injured

NORTH FORK — A fast-moving — and dangerous — vegetation fire that sparked late Saturday afternoon south of North Fork near Kerckhoff and Reddinger lakes is now 60 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE’s latest update, issued at 6:30 a.m. Monday. “Firefighters continue to improve control lines and mop up,” the update also stated.Dubbed the Power Fire because it started ...

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‘Power’ Fire 30% Contained; Evacuation Order Lifted

NORTH FORK — A fast-moving vegetation fire that sparked late Saturday afternoon south of North Fork near Reddinger Lake was about 30 percent contained as of 6:45 p.m. Sunday, according to CAL FIRE.Dubbed the Power Fire, the blaze has scorched about 108 acres and destroyed several structures as it moves toward Corrine Lake Road.Four firefighters have been hurt battling the ...

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Wildland Fire Sparks Saturday Near North Fork

NORTH FORK — A fast-moving wildland fire is burning near Reddinger Lake outside of North Fork.The fire sparked Saturday evening and so far has scorched about 100 acres as it moves up the hillside toward Corrine Lake Road. A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Corinne Lake Road between Road 235 and Road 222 as well as Carmen Ranch ...

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Mid-Week Update: MCDPH Reports 73 New Cases, Another Death

MADERA — The spike in new cases continues, with Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials confirming 73 new cases of COVID-19 and an eighth death on Wednesday afternoon.The latest report brings the total number of cases in Madera County so far to 857. As of 4 p.m., MCDPH was reporting a total of 435 currently active cases — ...

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Madera County Reports 75 New Cases; Total at 784

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 784.Tuesday’s update also includes cases confirmed on Monday, when Governor Newsom ordered all Madera County bars to close again and curtailed indoor dining at county restaurants because of the recent surge in local cases.As ...

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