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How Is All This Smoke Affecting You?

MARIPOSA – Smoke from the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County and other fires surrounding the Valley is affecting air quality in locations throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley, prompting local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement Valley-wide. Smoke from wildfires produces particulate matter which can trigger asthma attacks, aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases, and increase the ...

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YARTS Announces Changes To Schedule Due To Ferguson Fire

FRESNO – With the Ferguson Fire forcing visitors out of many parts of Yosemite National Park, YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) has announced changes to its schedule.E Effective Wednesday, July 25, all YARTS service to Yosemite Valley is suspended until further notice. YARTS will operate on the following schedule on July 25, 2018: Highway 41 (Fresno) Runs 22, 24 ...

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Portions Of Yosemite National Park To Close Ahead Of Ferguson Fire

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that parts of the park will be closed as the nearly 37,000 acre Ferguson Fire moves ever-eastward toward Highway 41 and the communities of Wawona and Yosemite West. Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close at noon tomorrow, July 25, to all visitors due to the ongoing impacts of the fire. These closures ...

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Community Meeting On Ferguson Fire In Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE – The Unified Commanders of the Ferguson Fire – Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office – will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the current situation at 11 a.m. today, July 24, at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, 9035 Village Drive in Yosemite National Park. Officials will be giving an operational overview briefing, highlighting the ...

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Stay Safe And Conserve Energy During Heat Wave

SAN FRANCISCO — With soaring temperatures in the next few days, California’s grid operator has called a statewide Flex Alert this week. PG&E is urging customers to conserve energy as triple-digit heat will impact much of the company’s service area. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 5 p.m. to ...

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Highway 120 From Tioga Pass To Lee Vining Has Reopened

LEE VINING – **UPDATE 8:36 p.m. the highway has been reopened. Motorists are advised to watch for debris in the roadway.** Original post: As if travelers wishing to visit Yosemite National Park didn’t have enough to deal with, word has come in that Highway 120 – the Tioga Pass Road from the east entrance to five miles west of Lee ...

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Red Cross Opens Evac Center In Yosemite Valley For Ferguson Fire

MARIPOSA  — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has opened an evacuation center to further accommodate those affected by the Ferguson Fire, located at Yosemite Valley Elementary School, 9009 Lost Arrow, in Yosemite Valley. Evacuations have been ordered for Old El Portal, Yosemite View Lodge, Rancheria and Foresta communities. The following Red Cross locations are open to assist ...

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Breathing Through The Smoky Days

When I look out my window and see poor air quality, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating in the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ashy-air is showing in ...

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Pick Apples In Yosemite To Keep Bears Wild

YOSEMITE — All visitors, employees and residents are invited to enjoy a morning in Yosemite National Park at an apple picking party. This is an annual event that was started as part of efforts to help reduce bear-human contact in the park, and to help keep Yosemite bears wild. The historic apple orchard near Curry Village produces apples which attract ...

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Library Workshop: Mosquito Awareness

OAKHURST — As part of his commitment to making communities safer, Madera County Vector Control District assistant biologist Trinidad Reyes will present a workshop at the Oakhurst Branch Library. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Reyes will lead the workshop, with a presentation about the lifestyle and habitats of mosquitoes. The workshop will take place in ...

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