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Snow Patrol: Keeping High Country ‘Fun’ Safe

BASS LAKE — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office “snow patrol” stayed active as the long, Martin Luther King Day weekend — and abundant recent snowfall — drew throngs of visitors to the high country.

USFS Officer Wise, MCSO Corporal Roth and Deputy Iniguez with two of this weekend’s younger fun seekers (photos courtesy MCSO)

MCSO Corporal Ian Roth and Deputy Jose Iniguez spent their holiday weekend teaming with U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Melissa Wise conducting OHV (off highway vehicle) snow patrol.

On Sunday, the OHV team contacted a number of people enjoying the outdoors on sleds, skis and snowmobiles in the area around Beasore Road in Bass Lake.

During the day’s patrol, the team pulled out four vehicles that had become stuck in the snow — and wrote one citation for “no child helmet” to an individual operating a side by side snow machine.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, CHP was reporting mostly clear road conditions — and no accidents — as the influx of winter fun seekers hit the hills.

“MCSO would like to remind both residents and visitors to be cautious driving in extreme conditions, and always have the proper safety and protective equipment,” the department posted on its Facebook page.

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