A vegetation fire, named the Railroad Fire, which began at 1 p.m., Aug. 29, had grown to 300 acres just a couple hours later. It is burning in steep terrain with heavy fuel west of Highway 41 near Sugar Pine. The highway has been closed, and mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Sugar Pine, Sugar Pine Camp and Fish Camp. About 200 personnel were on scene, including 15 engines, four hand crews, three helicopters and 10 air tankers. Additional resources have been ordered.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson adjourned the State Assembly in memory of a Friant man killed while working on the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County on July 26.
“Thirty-five year old Robert Oliver Reagan III wasn’t a firefighter but he shared their spirit and was driven to serve others in their time of need. He was killed when the bulldozer he was operating as an independent contractor for Cal Fire rolled into a ravine.
“Friends remember Robert as being someone they could call on when they needed help. They say he would give anyone the shirt off his back if they needed it. Years after graduating from Yosemite High School, Robert is still fondly remembered by teachers as someone who loved anything mechanical and especially working with his hands.
“He was devoted to the love of his life, Morgan and their two young daughters Aubrey and Colbie. Robert’s death touched our District office as well. He is the cousin of one of our Field Representatives.
“Please join me in adjourning in his memory and keep his family and all the men and woman working on wildfires in your prayers.”
Evergreen Conference Center of Oakhurst Director Steve Rumage tells about the decision to offer meals to law enforcement after the power went out and ECCO was ordered to evacuate due to the Railroad Fire.
The Railroad Fire grew primarily toward the north and east Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Firefighters focused on protecting the community of Fish Camp, Sugar Pine, and the Yosemite Mountain Ranch. Dry conditions and dead trees contributed to fast growth of the fire.
Tourists Graham and Ann Fraser of Oceanside returned to the Tenaya Lodge Wednesday to collect their belongings after the Railroad Fire forced the hotel to evacuate its guests Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Ann, who has a form of Parkinson's disease, returned for her medication.
Paul Ratchford, general manager of Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite National Park, describes how his staff watched the Railroad Fire grow and began making preparations to evacuate the lodge on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
After the rampaging Detwiler Fire devastated a large portion of Mariposa County in July, the importance of keeping defensible space around homes and property was made all the more clear. The defensible space inspection team from Cal Fire's Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit offers these tips on how to make sure your home is one that can be saved during wildfires.
A narrow band extending across the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun Monday, Aug. 21. The North American continent will experience a partial eclipse that lasts two to three hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a 60 to 70 mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total eclipse. During those moments when the moon fully blocks the sun’s bright face for more than two minutes, day will turn into night, making visible the solar corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere.
The United States will get a rare astrological treat Aug. 21. That's the day of the "Great American Eclipse." It's the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire U.S. in 99 years. The Fresno area won't have a total eclipse, but still will get an awe-inspiring show.