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Help Fill The Bus With Rations For Santa Rosa

OAKHURST — Dee Ann Smith at Discover Yosemite says their office knows of at least 21 friends who’ve lost their homes due to fires burning in Santa Rosa, so they’re in touch with what people in the midst of this disaster need on a day-to-day basis, right now. In order to help out, they’ve decided to fill a bus with ...

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After The Fire: When Is The Best Time To Seed?

Why seed after a wildfire? Loss of vegetation leaves land vulnerable to increased runoff, erosion, and sedimentation. It also encourages weeds, degrades habitat, and impairs forest regeneration. Reestablishment of permanent vegetation provides long-term erosion control, may restore lost habitat values, and may help suppress noxious weed invasion after a wildfire. However it takes time and favorable climatic conditions to establish ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Firescaping Workshop

Written by Bob Labozetta — MARIPOSA — As is being witnessed now, wildland fire is the #1 natural disaster in Mariposa County, note members of Mariposa Master Gardeners. “Common to our Mediterranean climate at this time of year, wildfire is first and foremost among county residents’ concerns,” they say, asking, “How does one live in harmony within our natural wonderland ...

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Detwiler Suppression Repair Efforts Halted

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Suppression repair work on the Detwiler Fire has been suspended due to high fire danger. On Sunday, July 16, the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of Cal Fire responded to the Detwiler Fire, which started in the Hunters Valley are of Mariposa County. As of Tuesday, Aug. 8, the fire is 81,826 acres and 98 percent contained. Fire crews have ...

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Plan Now For Safe Pet Evacuation In Case Of Fire

MOUNTAIN AREA — When fire leads to evacuation, you may have only minutes to react. Notified via text or phone call, or even by a knock on the door, at that moment, you’re expected to grab and go. Quick — where are your pets? What do they need? A little advance planning will reduce stress and increase your chance of ...

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Pets And People Come Together In A Time Of Need

OAKHURST– The Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) has opened emergency animal shelters for small companion animals co-located with Red Cross shelters. Some larger animals are being sheltered at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds while others are at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds. “The first fire we did here was in 2013, called the Carstens Fire and we had about 70 to ...

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Local VOAD Drive-Through Drop-Off For Fire Donations

OAKHURST — Now several days into ongoing evacuations from the Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County, local relief agencies are busy coordinating efforts on behalf of those who are temporarily displaced. The Red Cross has set up sanctioned shelters at three locations in the Oakhurst area, as of now: Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church, Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church and Mountain Christian ...

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Harden Your Home Against Wildfire — What Does That Mean?

By Roger Maybee — One way or the other, by now you have probably heard the terms “firewise” and “harden your home.” But what does it really mean? Being firewise is being knowledgeable on how wildfire behavior affects you. Hardening your home against wildfire just means taking steps to improve the chance of your home and structures withstanding ignition by ...

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Your Home Can Survive A Wildfire – Here’s How

Here is a classic example of how Owner Mitigation + Firefighter Hard Work = Success. Though the official fire season may be winding down in the next few months, finger crossed, preparation to ensure that your home is fire ready and fire safe is an ongoing task that is best accomplished in the wet and cooler weather. This dramatic photo ...

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Nine Wildfires Burning Across California

CALIFORNIA — Over 4,000 firefighters are battling nine large wildfires across California. Yesterday, new fires erupted in Nevada and San Bernardino county. Firefighters are making good progress on both of these fires, while continuing to gain containment on the remaining blazes across the state. Gusty winds and poor humidity recovery, particularly in the Sacramento Valley and foothills, continue in the ...

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