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Caltrans Upgrades Highway Drainage In Ferguson Fire Scar

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Caltrans is repairing two culverts on State Route 140 in Mariposa County with funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Caltrans says this project will fix two locations in the area of the Ferguson Fire scar, west of the Yosemite National Park entrance, where Incline Road meets SR-140. The ...

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Work Continues On Highway 140 In Ferguson Fire Burn Area

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues its work on an emergency project rehabilitating and repairing both lanes of State Route 140 (SR-140) from Briceburg to Yosemite National Park. The project includes the replacement and repair of culverts and underground drainage systems, removal of potentially hazardous trees and branches, and implementing slope stabilization measures after the Ferguson ...

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Highway 140 To Close West Of Yosemite Ahead Of New Storm

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Once again, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is planning a preemptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar ahead of a major storm. The highway will be closed beginning at 3 p.m.on Wednesday, Feb. 13. “This closure is being prompted by an ongoing storm that could impact the roadway, and ...

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Section Of Highway 140 To Close Due To Weather Concerns

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is planning a pre-emptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. This is due to an ongoing storm that could impact the roadway, and the closure is scheduled for the sake of public safety, says Caltrans. The ...

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Closures Of Hiking And OHV Trails In Ferguson Fire Burn Area

NORTH FORK – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials have announced the temporary closure of several trails in the Ferguson Fire burn area due to safety concerns with changing weather conditions. The closures include Hite’s Cove Trail, Savage Lundy Trail, and Hite’s Cove OHV Trail on the Bass Lake Ranger District (see map below). “The purpose of this Order is to ...

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Sierra National Forest Declares The Ferguson Fire Out

MARIPOSA — With the recent change in weather conditions, fire officials with the Sierra National Forest are declaring the Ferguson Fire out, terminating Forest Order No. 05-15-51-18-15, dated August 15, 2018. Visitors are once again permitted to travel in the Sierra National Forest where the Ferguson Fire burned. The Ferguson Fire started on the evening of July 13, 2018 near ...

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Two Community Meetings On Ferguson Fire Repair Efforts

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County will host two post-Ferguson Fire community meetings over the next week. If you live in Mariposa, El Portal, Yosemite West, Foresta or any of the surrounding communities affected by the Ferguson Fire, you are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) and interagency coordination that has taken place ...

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Cause Of The Ferguson Fire Released

VALLEJO — U.S. Forest Service investigators have determined the cause of the Ferguson Fire to be vehicle-related. Specifically, investigators believe superheated pieces of a catalytic converter came into contact with dry, roadside vegetation, igniting the fire. The Ferguson Fire started on the evening of Friday, July 13, along eastbound Highway 140 near Savage Trading Post at 8:30 p.m. (South Fork ...

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How Firefighters Saved Yosemite West, What They’re Doing Now

YOSEMITE – Though the firefight has ended on the nearly 97,000-acre Ferguson Fire and only a few smokes remain throughout the interior, the work of repair and restoration continues. On a recent trip to Yosemite West, I was escorted by Anne Grandy, retired from the Bass Lake Ranger District and now serving as a PIO on the South Central Sierra ...

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Ferguson Fire Is Now 100 Percent Contained

YOSEMITE – It has been 37 days since the Ferguson Fire began burning in the Merced River Canyon near Savage Trading Post, and today officials have announced that the fire is 100 percent contained at 96,904 acres. The fire has scorched land on the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests, inside Yosemite National Park, on BLM holdings, and in Cal Fire’s ...

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