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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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Vegetation Fire Near Jerseydale, Cause Under Investigation

MARIPOSA – Firefighters were called out to reports of vegetation fire last night in the Jerseydale area. At about 9:40 p.m., reports came in of a “glow” in the area of Bear Clover Lane west of Scott Road. The first unit at scene reported the fire at less than five acres, burning in deep duff and timber understory, with two ...

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Leaf Peeping With Mom Around Nelder Grove

I had peeped on the eastern side of the Sierra and I had peeped in Yosemite Valley. It was now time to do a little peeping closer to home at Nelder Grove and mom was up for the adventure. But adventures do not always go as planned. Where: Sierra National Forest, Nelder Grove Distance: About 1.5 miles, but you can ...

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Prescribed Burning Ops Resume On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The High Sierra Ranger District Fuels Management office plans to resume firing again on Sunday, Nov. 4, on the Dinkey South Fall understory prescribed fire project. The office says they expect active firing to continue through Wednesday, Nov. 7. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces ...

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Sierra NF Requests Public Input On OHV Program

CLOVIS  — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2019 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHMVR Grants Program. This program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) who develop, maintain, ...

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Campfire Restrictions Lifted On The Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest Bass Lake and High Sierra Ranger Districts have lifted Forest Order #05-15-18-14 Fire Restrictions, effective Oct. 22. Campfire permits are required on the Sierra National Forest for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of a designated recreation area even when there are no “fire restrictions” in place. These permits ...

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Prescribed Burns On The Bass Lake Ranger District

NORTH FORK –Residents and visitors on the Bass Lake Ranger District may see smoke in the coming months as Sierra National Forest fire managers implement their 2018/2019 fall/winter/spring burning program. The projects will consist of two activities: pile burning and understory burning. These burn projects are widely dispersed throughout the Ranger District, with many located at the higher elevations. Some ...

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Some Campgrounds And Picnic Areas To Close Along Merced River

NORTH FORK – Sierra National Forest Officials have announced the temporary seasonal closures for campgrounds and picnic areas along the Merced River, Highway 140 corridor. The locations scheduled for closure will include four picnic areas – McClendon Beach, Indian Flat, Red Bud, and Cranberry Launch – and two campgrounds – Dirt Flat and Dry Gulch. These locations are being closed ...

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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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Prescribed Burns Planned For High Sierra Ranger District

PRATHER – Residents in Eastern Madera County may see smoke from prescribed burning over the next few months as the High Sierra Ranger District implements their fall/winter prescribed burn program, set to be completed before the end of the year as cooler weather and moisture arrives across the area. Fire activity throughout the state and across the country has moderated, ...

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