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CAL FIRE: ‘Good Progress’ on Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters appear to be slowly gaining the upper hand on the the Briceburg Fire. CAL FIRE reported Thursday morning that while the fire has burned 4,900 acres, the blaze is now 25 percent contained. “Overnight, firefighters made good progress towards containment,” CAL FIRE said in its latest update, released Thursday morning at 7 a.m. “Efforts today will ...

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Briceburg Firefight Lasts Into the Night

MARIPOSA COUNTY– A 30-acre brush fire that started along Highway 140 Sunday afternoon has now charred more than 4,400 acres and is only ten percent contained, according to the latest report from CAL FIRE, issued Wednesday afternoon. From all fronts, nearly 1000 fire personnel continue the firefight — day and night. Steven Ward, a CAL FIRE spokesman, explained how backfire ...

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Update: Briceburg Fire Grows to 2,235 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Briceburg Fire has grown to 2,235 acres and is still just 10 percent contained, according to the latest updates issued Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday morning, CAL FIRE reported the fire’s size at 800 acres, with 10 percent containment. Fire officials in cooperation with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol will be hosting a ...

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YNP Honors ‘Volunteers of the Year’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In 2018, more than 13,000 individuals donated over 132,500 hours to “help” at Yosemite National Park with a wide variety of volunteer projects. Dozens of those generous, community-minded volunteers were recognized late last month when park officials hosted the 2019 Volunteers of the Year Awards at a special ceremony held in Yosemite Valley on Sept. 28. ...

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Dyer Featured in New ‘CA Burning’ Podcast

MOUNTAIN AREA — A new podcast series released this week called California Burning takes an in-depth look at how natural disasters like wildfires continue to increase across the U.S., and especially in places like California. The series includes an interview with Brittany Dyer, former chief of staff for District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Dyer, now state of California director at ...

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Central Sierra Authors Faire Update

Plans for the Central Sierra Authors Faire are proceeding well as 17 authors and other industry professionals have already signed up to participate in the event that will take place on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Oakhurst Branch Library near the entrance to the Oakhurst ...

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Hiking with Sally to Conness Lakes

I love to hike up to the glacial fed Conness Lakes above Saddlebag Lake in early summer when they are sporting their melting ice but hadn’t hiked up this late in the summer. Would there still be snow and would those pretty tarns along the way still be holding water in them? My dog Sally and I were on a ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives – A Golden Age of Illustration

During the 1850’s our ancestors were beginning to experience many good effects brought on by the industrial revolution. For example, the development of high-speed printing presses quickly lead to an astonishing “enlightenment-of-the-masses.” Books, periodicals and newspapers, which all were beginning to include illustrations, were becoming prevalent. This phenomenon can easily be attributed to the many advances in printing technology that ...

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