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Rim Fire Now Over 200,000 Acres

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – Some residents are being allowed to return home near the 201,894 acre Rim Fire. The fire now covers some 315 square miles and is 32% contained. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday lifted the evacuation advisory for Tuolumne City, Soulsbyville and Willow Springs.

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Deep Pit BBQ At Cedar Valley

CEDAR VALLEY – If you’ve never been to the annual Labor Day Weekend Deep Pit BBQ at the Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Department, put it on your calendar for this Saturday, Aug 31, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is the 41st year the fire department has been doing a dinner fundraiser, and for over 30 of those years, they’ve ...

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Mountain Heritage Days Celebrates Yosemite Milestones

OAKHURST – A number of milestones are coming up in Yosemite National Park, the first of which is the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant on June 30, 1864, by President Abraham Lincoln. The Grant set aside Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove for preservation and enjoyment. These milestones will be celebrated in and around Yosemite, with Oakhurst ...

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Rim Fire Now 30% Contained

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – As the Rim Fire scorches 192,737 acres in Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties and into western boundary of Yosemite National Park, firefighters have now completed line around 30% of the fire. Of the 111 structures destroyed in the massive fire, 11 were residences, 3 were commercial properties and 97 are classified as outbuildings. About 4,500 are still considered ...

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Fire Restrictions On The Sierra National Forest

A message from the US Forest Service – SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Fire season came early this year and it’s not over. The Fire Danger condition is currently “High.” Given current fire activity throughout California and nationally, please help spread the word about Fire Restrictions on the Sierra National Forest and help keep the public safe from wildfire. Reduced snow ...

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Portion Of Tioga Road Closes Noon Wednesday

YOSEMITE – A portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28, at noon. The closure is necessary for firefighters to perform fire suppression activities along the road. This portion of the road is anticipated to be closed at least through Labor Day Weekend. The park ...

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Rim Fire Destroys Camp, Causes Cancellations

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – Families who have been camping at the Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp for years gathered yesterday to mourn the loss of the camp, which was consumed by the Rim Fire on Sunday. The fire has now grown to 179,481 acres with 20% containment, and U.S. Forest Service officials confirmed yesterday that most structures at the camp have been ...

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Rim Fire Is Not Affecting Eastern Madera County

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – We have been getting a lot of inquiries from folks outside the area about the effects of the Rim Fire on Eastern Madera County. We are happy to report that the skies are clear, the weather is perfect and it’s a great time to visit our area!

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Oakhurst Man Guilty Of 16 Felonies

MADERA COUNTY – A Madera County Superior Court jury has found an Oakhurst man guilty of five counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, five counts of resisting a peace officer, and six other counts for weapons and ammunition possession and escape.

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BGC Kids Do Their Part For The River

Submitted by Peggy Decker OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club (BGC) performed a great community service this afternoon, learning about their watershed, and contributing to its health and well-being. In collaboration with Justine Reynolds (AmeriCorps) and Brittany Dyer (Chowchilla/Fresno Watershed), the kids helped with an early bird version of the Oakhurst River Parkway 5th Annual Great Sierra River ...

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