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Bass Lake Ranger District Plans To Initiate Pile Burning

NORTH FORK—Sierra National Forest (SNF) – Bass Lake Ranger District fire personnel are looking to start burning the piles in the Madera County Roads project around the Bass Lake area, with a total of 567 acres. We are planning to start some test fires on January 30, 2023. If ignition proves to be successful, we will continue lighting the piles. ...

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CAL FIRE Madera Division Chief Matt Watson to Retire

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MADERA COUNTY — Whenever you see a sign that says “THANK YOU, FIREFIGHTERS,” it’s a person like Division Chief Matt Watson from CAL-FIRE’s Madera Division whom they are thanking. Matt is retiring from his service in Madera County at the end of 2022. Matt was honored with a Certificate of Recognition by the Madera County Board of Supervisors. He will ...

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UCCE to Offer Post-Fire Forest Resilience Workshop

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Save the Date! Register now for a California Post- Fire Forest Resilience Workshop! Post-Fire Resilience Workshop Flyer (PDF) Online every Wednesday from 6 – 7:30 p.m. February 1 to March 15 and in-person field trips on Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17. Hosted by University of California Cooperative Extension in collaboration with CAL FIRE, California Association of Resource Conservation ...

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CAL FIRE: Updated Fire Hazard Map For Public Comment

SACRAMENTO—CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal this week will begin a public comment period for the regulatory adoption process to update the existing map that captures Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), which is a comprehensive map that ranks California’s State Responsibility Area (SRA)—or rural, unincorporated areas—based on the likelihood different areas will experience wildfire. After years of ...

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CAL FIRE Releases Green Schoolyards Grant Guidelines

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Urban and Community Forestry Program announced today $117 million will be available for Green Schoolyard grants in 2023. The Green Schoolyard grant guidelines are now open for public comment through January 13, 2023. The public comment period is to solicit feedback and constructive comments that will help the ...

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Burn Permit Requirements Lifted In Mariposa County

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MARIPOSA COUNTY–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit has lifted burn permit requirements in Mariposa County — Effective Monday, December 19 at 8 AM. The burn permit requirement in Mariposa County will be lifted and residents will be able to resume burning on permissible burn days. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and winter weather have helped ...

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Cal Fire Awards $14 Million In Grants

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Wood Products and Bioenergy Team awarded $14 million in new grant agreements this week. These projects will increase California’s capacity to establish healthy, resilient forests through workforce and business development. The 10 new awards (link to awards list) will go to non-profits, family businesses, wood products manufacturing facilities, and county ...

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Two Late Season Fires

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit found themselves responding to two late-season fires today, Tuesday, November 15th, 2022. One fire was near North Fork in Madera County and the other fire was near the town of Mariposa in Mariposa County. Flat Fire The first fire started at approximately 11:15 am near the intersection of North Fork Road and Flat Lane. ...

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Cal Fire Adds New Demonstration State Forest

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced today the addition of a new demonstration state forest and more than 1,200 acres to its demonstration state forest system. Acquisition of these areas continue to increase opportunities for forest restoration, critical research, and public recreation, and build upon the valuable role of California’s demonstration state forest system to ...

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Halloween ‘Trunk or Treat’ Returning to North Fork

After a two-year absence, it's time to get ready for Trunk Or Treat at the North Fork Post Office parking lot. CAL FIRE will be there, too! See you there!

NORTH FORK — After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 Trunk or Treat is returning to North Fork. The party will be begin at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, at the North Fork Post Office parking lot. Don’t forget to decorate your vehicle and please try to arrive early to get set up for the 4:30 opening. Fun for ...

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