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Containment Grows On The Fork Fire

NORTH FORK–The Fork Fire is on its third day of burning and firefighters both in the air and on the ground are gaining in the battle to control the fire. What started as 4 roadside fires on Wednesday, September 7, 202, has now burned 819 acres. The firefight is being led by CalFire’s Madera, Mariposa, and Merced Unit. The Fork ...

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Three Search And Rescue Calls Sunday

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MADERA COUNTY–The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is reporting three separate search and rescue calls on Sunday, 9.4.2022. Beginning at 8:35am with the first call and the final call coming in at 4:00pm, conditions all day were considered extreme due to excessive heat. Rescue #1 Lost Hiker at Devils Slide At 8:35am on Sunday 9/4/22, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received ...

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Bass Lake Weekend Fatality

BASS LAKE–On August 27, 2022 shortly before 4:30pm, the Madera County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center received a call for a female suffering from a medical emergency at Bass Lake.   An 81-year-old female was swimming with her husband in Bass Lake near a private dock just off of Blue Jay Point. The female became fatigued from swimming and began experiencing ...

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Homicide Investigation In Oakhurst

OAKHURST–Shortly before 10pm on August 23, 2022 the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call from a male reporting he discovered his wife deceased at their home. MCSO Deputies responded to the residence in the 40000 block of Highway 49, in the area of Covey Court in Oakhurst and located a deceased female. https://goo.gl/maps/VbTPYbB16cVHYxDu9 Following interviews and extensive processing ...

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Teen Fatality At Thousand Island Lake

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MADERA COUNTY–At approximately 8pm on August 10, 2022, the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call regarding a teenage subject who had gone missing from his hiking party near Thousand Island Lake. Thousand Island Lake, part of the Ansel Adams Wilderness in eastern Madera County, is at an elevation of 9,833 with 10,000-foot peaks surrounding it. https://goo.gl/maps/   The ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Office Announces New Undersheriff

MADERA COUNTY–Effective August 1, 2022, Darin McMechan will be promoted to the position of Undersheriff for the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Please join us in congratulating Undersheriff McMechan on all of his accomplishments, and wish him well as he continues to selflessly serve the Madera County community. Undersheriff McMechan currently serves as Assistant Sheriff assigned to the Madera County Jail, ...

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Two Weekend Medical Rescues

MADERA COUNTY–Excessive heat, dehydration, and hikers falling ill kept Madera County Sheriff’s and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) busy over the hot weekend. Rescue #1 Rainbow Falls On Friday afternoon, July 15, 2022, Madera County Sheriff’s Sgt. Roussell and Deputy Vermeulen were on patrol in the Eastern Madera County area when they were dispatched to a possible medical aid at Rainbow ...

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Bass Lake BUI Arrests 4th of July Weekend

BASS LAKE-The three day 4th of July holiday weekend coincides with Operation Dry Water’s (ODW) annual Heightened Enforcement Weekend, a boating under the influence (BUI) awareness campaign aimed at reducing the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. The ...

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Law Enforcement Activity Alert

OAKHURST-The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is currently serving an illegal weapon and drug related search warrant in the area of Road 423 and Leaf Wood Lane in the County of Madera. Please avoid this area while law enforcement and emergency personnel are on scene. If you are a resident in this area, please remain indoors until further notice. There are ...

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Column of Smoke Leads to Stolen Property

OAKHURST — On Saturday July 2, 2022 shortly before 6am, Madera County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Williams and Deputy Murphy were driving into Oakhurst when they observed a column of smoke coming from a wooded area near Victoria Lane and CA-41. The officers were able to trace the origin of the smoke to an encampment occupied by two adult females. While ...

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