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Fire Can Make Halloween Way Too Scary

MARIPOSA – With Halloween just around the corner, children will soon be out in costume trekking through festive displays in search of candy. However, more than ghosts could be lurking amongst the mid-fall fun, as Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. Cal Fire reminds everyone that with a few precautions taken, you can make the ...

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Cal Fire To Conduct Training Burn Near Yaqui Gulch

MARIPOSA – The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will be conducting a vegetation management training burn on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24 and 25, on the Long Ranch located on Old Highway near Yaqui Gulch. The training will consist of burning four sections of annual grass, oak woodland and sparse brush, totaling about 95 acres and will take place between ...

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Highway 41 Fires Started By Vehicle Malfunction

O’NEALS – Several fires that started along Highway 41 last Friday night serve as a good reminder to everyone that fire season is not over, and that keeping your vehicle in good working order is crucial to “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, crews responded to reports of three fires burning along the ...

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Crews On Scene Of A Vegetation Fire West Of Mariposa

MARIPOSA – Crews are at scene of a vegetation fire burning on Hummingbird Lane south of Highway 140. At 3:53 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to reports of a fire near 4880 Hummingbird Lane. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about 5 acres, burning in grass and oak woodland with a moderate rate of spread. No structures were ...

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Cal Fire Increases Staffing In Preparation For Strong Winds

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire firefighters are preparing for the potential of extreme fire weather across many parts of California in the coming days. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting gusty winds and low humidity this weekend in much of northern California. On Monday, parts of southern California could experience many of the same conditions. The NWS is forecasting that ...

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Late Night Fire Destroys Coarsegold Home

COARSEGOLD – A Coarsegold family was driven from their home last night by a fire that destroyed much of the 3,000 sq. ft. structure. At about 11:30 p.m., firefighters were called out to a home in the 45000 block of Windmill Road off Jennifer Lane. The first unit at scene reported that the structure was 50 percent involved. Firefighters first ...

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Be Aware – Potential Fires Lurk Throughout Your Home

SACRAMENTO – Today’s home fires burn faster than ever, says Cal Fire, and it’s time to Look, Listen and Learn during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time takes planning and ...

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Grants Available From Cal Fire For Fire Prevention Projects

SACRAMENTO –  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has announced the availability of up to $155 million for Fire Prevention and Forest Health projects. Cal Fire is soliciting applications for projects that will “help prevent catastrophic wildfires and restore forest health while also sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” Cal Fire’s Fire Prevention Grants Program ...

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Activity Winding Down On The Oak Fire

AHWAHNEE – As mop-up continues on the Oak Fire, containment is now estimated at 90 percent on the 360-acre fire. All evacuations and advisories have been lifted. Crews continue to strengthen firelines as others are released to return home. The fire started on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3:44 p.m. off Lonesome Oak Road north of Road 620. The cause of ...

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Mop-up Continues On Oak Fire, Evacuation Advisories Lifted

AHWAHNEE – Mop-up continues on the Oak Fire burning northeast of Ahwahnee. The fire is estimated at 360 acres and is now 75 percent contained. All advisory evacuation notices have been lifted as of 9 a.m. today. Road 620 is now open without restriction. Fire personnel are still active in the area, so please reduce speeds and drive with caution. ...

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