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Courtney Fire Evacuees Meet With Fire Officials

OAKHURST – Residents evacuated from their homes due to the Courtney Fire gathered this morning at the Oakhurst Community Center to hear from Cal Fire and the Madera County Sheriff’s Office about when they might be able to enter the burn area, and what to expect next. Battalion Chief Troy Cheek acknowledged those who had cleared defensible space, but said ...

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Mopup Continues On Courtney Fire

OAKHURST – Crews made excellent progress on the Courtney Fire overnight, holding it at 320 acres and achieving 40% containment. There is a line around the entire fire, including hose lays, but the containment estimate includes only those lines that are deemed to be totally secure.

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Count Of Homes Lost To Courtney Fire Rises

OAKHURST – Damage assessment on the Courtney Fire got underway today, and new numbers are coming out about the property damaged or destroyed. It is now reported that 33 residences have been lost to the fire, and 4 suffered damage. In addition, 28 outbuildings were destroyed and 6 were damaged, along with 13 vehicles that were totally burned and 2 ...

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Courtney Fire Update 10AM Monday

OAKHURST – The scene in the Bass Lake Heights neighborhood is one of devastation after the Courtney Fire roared through Sunday afternoon. The 320-acre blaze moved quickly through the narrow streets of Pine, Oak, Cedar, Manzanita and Balsam Drives, and along Road 426 as it raced toward Bass Lake, destroying 21 structures.

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Courtney Fire Devastates Neighborhood

OAKHURST – The Courtney Fire, which started on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1:36 p.m. has now burned over 320 acres with an estimated 20% containment. The fire started on Courtney Lane, just off Road 426, and quickly spread north and east, racing through the tinder-dry grass and brush toward the Bass Lake Heights neighborhood at the top of Road 426.

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Courtney Fire Zero Percent Contained

OAKHURST – The Courtney Fire was called in at 1:36 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. At this time, CAL FIRE has reported that 320 acres have burned and the fire is 0% contained. Battling the blaze are 30 fire engines, 11 fire crews, 14 bulldozers, 6 helicopters, and 9 air tankers with 400 personnel on scene. No injuries have been ...

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Courtney Fire Now Over 320 Acres

OAKHURST – The Courtney Fire was reported on Sunday, Sept. 14, just before 2 p.m., and started in a residential neighborhood on Courtney Lane off Road 426. The current estimate is that 320 acres are burning in the Bass Lake Heights area east of Oakhurst, and down to the south shore of Bass Lake. Firefighters were immediately sent into neighborhoods ...

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Fast Moving Oak Fire Burns More Than 14,000 Acres

MIDPINES — The Oak Fire started Friday, 7.22.2022, in the Midpines area of Mariposa County near Carstens Road and Highway 140.  It has burned more than 14,000 acres. Over 2000 structures are threatened by the fire and approximately 5,000 people have been evacuated or are on an evacuation warning. Emergency personnel are working to safely evacuate people and are actively ...

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River Fire Doubles to 8000 Acres with 10% Containment

Evacuation Order Update – July 12, 2021 at 4:01 pm  An Evacuation Order has been issued for Road 600 between Apache Ranch Road and Blazing Saddle Trail including the spur road JWP Ranch Road due to the River Fire. There is an immediate threat to life. This is an evacuation order to leave now. The area is being closed to ...

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Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Includes Major Fuel Break Project

NORTH FORK — Several fires in the last few years, including the Courtney Fire (2014), Railroad Fire (2017), and Mission Fire (2017), posed significant risks to public health and safety and destroyed homes and infrastructure. In many cases, defensible space and thinned areas made the difference in preventing further high severity fire and economic loss. The Madera Strategic Wildfire Mitigation ...

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