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Are You Prepared For Public Safety Power Shutoffs During Fire Season?

FRESNO – As wildfire season approaches, residents need to be aware of and prepared for the possibility that their power will be shut off – sometimes for several days – as a safety precaution. California’s three largest energy companies have announced a coordinated wildfire safety and awareness campaign to prepare Californians for the threat of extreme weather and power outages ...

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“California Wildfires Have Changed, Together We Must Adapt”

SACRAMENTO – Once again California’s wet winter created a sizable crop of new grass growth, but don’t let the wet weather fool you as the abundant grass dries. It is fuel for wildfires. Now is the time to act to prevent wildfires. Governor Gavin Newsom declared May 5-11 “Wildfire Preparedness Week” to urge homeowners that “California Wildfires Have Changed, Together ...

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PG&E Conducts Helicopter Inspections Of Substations

FRESNO — Over the next few days, residents of Madera, Mariposa and Fresno counties may see helicopters overhead as Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) contract crews work to conduct accelerated wildfire safety inspections of substations. “The helicopter inspections will complement and further enhance visual inspections by gathering information from the substations by capturing LiDAR data and photographs to determine ...

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Three Years Of Evacuations Make These Folks Serious About Wildfire

NORTH FORK – Residents in the community of Cascadel Woods and Cascadel Heights are taking fire preparedness very seriously. Having been evacuated three times in the last three years when wildfire threatened, and with only one viable route leading down from mountain homes, more than a dozen residents armed themselves with weed whackers over the weekend and removed the fuel ...

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Fire In Oakhurst Area Started By A Weedeater

OAKHURST – Just as firefighters were dealing with a medical rescue at Angel Falls and an unconscious person at Recreation Point in the Bass Lake area, they were called out for a fire reported on Wortham Road near Oakhurst. Just before 1 p.m., several calls came in of a vegetation fire south of Road 423. The first unit at scene ...

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Vegetation Fire In O’Neals Area Off Road 211

O’NEALS — Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire in the O’Neals area east of Road 211. Just before 2:30 p.m., crews were dispatched to reports of a fire on 3 Gate Road off Hildreth Road near High Water Road. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about two acres, burning at a slow rate of spread ...

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PG&E Awards Local Grants, Opens Wildfire Safety Ops Center

SAN FRANCISCO — In recognition of California Wildfire Awareness Week (May 7-10), PG&E announced it will provide $2 million to local Fire Safe Councils in 23 counties for 30 projects that reduce wildfire risk and help keep communities safe. The funds will pay for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects, as well as chipper days in local communities. ...

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Cooling Temperatures, Increased Humidity Aid Firefighting

CALIFORNIA — Cooling temperatures this week could help firefighters continue to make progress on 13 large wildfires burning in the State, while the number of fatalities due to fire has increased by one since our last report. The death toll rose to 42 yesterday, after authorities located another victim of the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County. Meanwhile, the identity of a ...

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Deadwood Fire Temporarily Closes Highway 41

OAKHURST — A vegetation fire on Deadwood between Oakhurst and Coarsegold caused the temporary closure of Highway 41 Sunday night. At about 9:17 p.m on Sunday, Oct. 15, firefighters were called out to respond to what the reporting party referred to as a “very large fire” on Highway 41 near Road 425C. The first engine on scene reported the grass ...

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Local Bus Filled With Love For Santa Rosa

OAKHURST — You needn’t look far to find that giving spirit that defines the foothills. Just one day ago, Dee Ann Smith at Discover Yosemite put out the call, asking for community help to fill a bus with snacks and water so it could be driven up to support firefighters and other responders in the hard-hit town of Santa Rosa, ...

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