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Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Station Deep Pit BBQ

OAKHURST – Plans are already underway for the annual Cedar Valley Fire Department Deep-Pit BBQ, and organizers are hoping for another great turnout to support our firefighting community. The big event is on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. This is an important fundraiser for Cedar Valley’s Station 18. Their local area covers north to ...

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What Happens At The Incident Command Post On A Wildfire?

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Back in the day, we called it Fire Camp. It is officially known as the Incident Command Post, or ICP. Whatever moniker you choose, it’s the little town – constructed basically overnight – where everything done in support of the crews on the fireline happens. Though the French Fire was much smaller in comparison – just 13,835 ...

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Prescribed Burning And Lightning-Caused Fires On Sierra National Forest

NORTH FORK – The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District, is preparing for the fall, winter, and spring burning program, said District Ranger Denise Tolmie, and projects will consist of three activities: pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. The objectives will be to reduce fuel loading from recent tree morality, and hazard removal projects within the Wildland Urban Interface and ...

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Mission Fire Now 825 Acres, 5 Structures Destroyed

NORTH FORK — The Mission Fire, which prompted the evacuation of Cascadel Road and the entire community of Cascadel yesterday, is now estimated at 825 acres with 5 percent containment. The number of structures destroyed has risen to five. We know that three of those are homes, but have no additional information on the other two. Approximately 250 homes were ...

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Railroad Fire Moves Into Nelder Grove Of Giant Sequoias

FISH CAMP — The Railroad Fire continues its push to the east, but the fire activity most are likely concerned about today is the move to the southeast and into the 1,540 acres of the Sierra National Forest that is the Nelder Grove. There are about 100 mature sequoias, mixed with pine, fir and cedar in the Grove. The fire ...

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It’s ON: Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Department Deep Pit BBQ

OAKHURST – About 600-pounds of meat has been delivered for the much-anticipated Cedar Valley Fire Department Deep-Pit BBQ this weekend, and since so many people are looking for opportunities to support our firefighting community — this is the way to go. The event is on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. The Cedar Valley Fire ...

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Good Progress On Detwiler Fire Now 25 Percent Contained

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters made good progress on the Detwiler Fire today. It is now estimated at 75,000 acres with 25 percent containment. 61 homes have been lost and 13 damaged. One commercial structure has been lost, 63 “minor” buildings have been destroyed and 6 damaged. There are currently 4,408 personnel assigned to the incident including 478 engines, 69 crews, ...

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Deep-Pit BBQ For Cedar Valley Fire Department

OAKHURST – Just saying the words “Cedar Valley Deep-Pit BBQ” can make the mouth water. Fortunately, the much-anticipated Cedar Valley Fire Department Deep-Pit BBQ and Raffle is this weekend, so you won’t have to wait much longer to indulge. The event is on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. This is an important fundraiser ...

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Forest Thinning Helped Reduce Fire Behavior

Submitted by Burt Stalter, Dave Smith and Anne Lombardo SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Forest thinnings, also known as fuel treatments, are done in our National Forests to reduce vegetation that can feed wildfires. Fuel treatments involve the thinning of trees, mastication of brush, branches and little trees or ladder fuels that can carry the fire into the crowns of the ...

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