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Cal Fire Inspectors Checking Homes For Defensible Space

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and warm sunshine has fueled recent vegetation growth. The fire season is fast approaching and if vegetation is not managed it can create hazardous conditions for wildfire. Cal Fire’s Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) are visiting homes within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) to enforce the Defensible Space code, Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291. It requires residents ...

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Family Trip To Bass Lake Derailed When Car Catches Fire

O’NEALS – A day trip to Bass Lake ended in flames this morning for a father and son as their vehicle caught fire while headed up Road 200. A man from Fresno was looking forward to spending the day with his son just hanging out at Bass Lake. But as they passed through the O’Neals area just before noon, their ...

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Officials Searching For Inmate Who Walked Away From Mount Bullion Camp

MARIPOSA — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County today. CDCR officials say that inmate Joseph Speakman, 46, was last seen during an inmate count at 3:15 a.m. on Mar. 1. He was discovered missing at 4:20 a.m. and officers immediately ...

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Fire Destroys Home On Horn Road Near North Fork

NORTH FORK – Even with a quick response by firefighters, a home on Horn Road just off Bonnie B burned to the ground this afternoon. Just before 3 p.m., neighbors heard a strange noise and went outside to investigate. They saw the house next door completely engulfed in flames, and called 911. When the first engine arrived at scene, the ...

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Fire Destroys Home On Highway 49 In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – A Mariposa County resident is without a home after a fast-moving fire completely destroyed his house near the Mariposa Coffee Roasting Company last night. Firefighters were called out just after 7:30 p.m. to reports of a structure fire in the 2900 block of Highway 49 South. Within minutes, a Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at scene and reported ...

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Fire Destroys Home In Cascadel Woods Near North Fork

NORTH FORK – Firefighters were dealing with temperatures in the low 20s and a deep blanket of snow last night as they responded to a house fire on Cascadel Lane. At about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, firefighters were called out to reports of a structure fire in Cascadel Woods just east of North Fork. A resident of the adjacent community ...

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Bass Lake Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

BASS LAKE – Three people were forced out into the cold in the early morning hours today as a fire destroyed their home at Bass Lake. Just after 2:30 a.m., firefighters were called out to a structure fire in the 39000 block of Duck just off Road 432 on the north shore of the lake. Cal Fire Engines 4255, 4275, ...

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Cal Fire Transitions into Winter Preparedness, Reduces Staffing

MARIPOSA – Cooler weather and recent rains have prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into winter staffing levels as of Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. The transition to winter preparedness allows Cal Fire to release some seasonal firefighters, reduce staffing on fire engines and close certain wildland fire stations. ...

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Home In Yosemite Lakes Park

COARSEGOLD – A woman in Yosemite Lakes Park has lost her home to an early morning fire, but both she and her cat were able to escape without injury. At 1:46 a.m., firefighters were called out to a home in the 29000 block of N. Lilley Way for reports of a structure fire. Cal Fire engines 4295, 4284 and 4255 ...

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