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Mission Fire Slows Overnight, No Reports Of More Homes Lost

NORTH FORK — A fire camp sprang up overnight at the Old Mill site near Madera County Fire Station 11, a sight all too familiar to residents over the past five years. The Mission Fire is still estimated at 650 acres with 0 percent containment. It is burning in Cal Fire jurisdiction and on Sierra National Forest land. There are ...

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Growth Of Railroad Fire Slows As Lower Temps Are Forecast

FISH CAMP – The Railroad Fire continues its push to the north and east, but firefighters are expected to get a bit of relief from the triple digit temperatures today. The fire grew by less than 400 acres in the past 24 hours, and is now estimated at 5,800 acres with 15 percent containment. There are currently 823 personnel assigned ...

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Railroad Fire Moves Into Nelder Grove Of Giant Sequoias

FISH CAMP — The Railroad Fire continues its push to the east, but the fire activity most are likely concerned about today is the move to the southeast and into the 1,540 acres of the Sierra National Forest that is the Nelder Grove. There are about 100 mature sequoias, mixed with pine, fir and cedar in the Grove. The fire ...

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Homeward Bound From Railroad Fire, Battalion Chief Dies In Traffic Accident

SANTA MARIA – Station KEYT is reporting that a Battalion Chief returning home from the Railroad Fire has died following a traffic accident. Oscar Flores says Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Santa Lucia District Battalion Chief Gary Helming was killed in a car crash early Thursday morning, Aug. 31, while returning home from an assignment on the Railroad ...

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Railroad Fire Continues To Grow, More Evacuations And Warnings

FISH CAMP — After a night of very active fire behavior, crews had their work cut out for them today on the Railroad Fire, especially in the northeast section. A heavy layer of smoke once again blanketed the area, but by about 11 a.m. the inversion had lifted on the south, and temperatures were headed to triple digits and winds ...

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Very Active Fire Behavior Overnight On The Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — The Railroad Fire was very active overnight, pushing to the east along Jackson Road (6S07), and to the southwest behind Westfall Ranger Station. The fire is now estimated at 1,901 acres. Yesterday’s estimated containment was 5 percent, but with the fire pushing out on so many parts of the perimeter, the containment is likely negligible at this ...

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Intense Fire Behavior As Railroad Fire Spots Across Hwy 41

FISH CAMP — Erratic wind events, numerous spot fires, and limited air resources presented challenges for firefighters today on the Railroad Fire. The fire is now estimated at 1,200 acres with 5 percent containment. However those numbers are estimates and will change after tonight’s flyover. As of this morning, there were 350 personnel assigned to the incident including 26 engines, ...

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Spot Fires Increase As Smoke Hampers Air Attack Of Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — As temperatures rise, fire activity is increasing on the Railroad Fire burning near Fish Camp. By 8 o’clock this morning, crews were reporting flame lengths of up to 100 ft. in some areas. Firefighters moved in to cut line around the community of Fish Camp, and helicopters focused their bucket work on that area and the northeast ...

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Hot Temps And Low Humidity Challenges Crews On The Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — In a surreal juxtaposition of fire, rain, lightning and smoke, the management team on the Railroad Fire gathered at Batterson Work Station at 6 a.m. to go over the day’s objectives and operations plans. With more accurate overnight mapping, the fire is now estimated at 920 acres with 5 percent containment. There are currently 350 personnel assigned ...

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