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Big Creek Fire downsized to 204 acres

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Guy McCarthy/Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Firefighters worked in temperatures 90 degrees and hotter today to contain the smokey Big Creek Fire that broke out Wednesday east of Groveland, scorching more than 200 acres of forest and prompting voluntary evacuations in the Hells Hollow Road area.


The burn area was estimated at 204 acres as of this afternoon, down from 265 acres mapped earlier today, and it was considered 5 percent contained, according to Cal Fire and the Forest Service.



Big Creek fire to 265 acres & 5 percent containment

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Courtesy photo / Suzanne Moore
Voluntary evacuations remained in effect today for the Hells Hollow Road area due to the Big Creek Fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon east of Groveland, according to the Forest Service.


The burn area was mapped at 265 acres this morning, Nancy Longmore of Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said in a phone interview. Incident commanders estimate the fire was 5 percent contained.


Suspects sought in alleged assault

Two men are being sought in connection to an assault alleged to have occurred Wednesday night. 


The Sonora Police Department was notified about 9:25 p.m. of two young men allegedly assaulting an older man, stated a press release. Officers responded to the intersection of South Washington and Linoberg streets, where they found Thomas Fulton, 57, on the sidewalk bleeding from the face and head.

 



 


Big Creek Fire burns 150 acres, prompts evacuations

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A fire reported off Highway 120 east of Groveland grew to 150 acres as of 8 p.m. Wednesday and people were being evacuated in the Hells Hollow Road area. Suzanne Moore / Courtesy photo.
A fire reported off Highway 120 east of Groveland grew to 150 acres as of 8 p.m. Wednesday and people were being evacuated in the Hells Hollow Road area, Cal Fire and Forest Service representatives said.


Mother Lode Christian School gets $250K makeover

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Volunteer foreman Stephen Johnson stands on a newly paved parking lot at Mother Lode Christian School. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 High schoolers in Tuolumne used to board a two-hour train bound for Sonora to attend class, until a school built in 1912 on Gardner Avenue saved them the trip.


Sierra Views: Darlene Mathews, animal rescuer

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Darlene Mathews, 55, of Sonora, founded Friends of the Animal Community in 2001. The organization has re-homed 4,000 animals in that time. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A trip to Animal Control in 2001 to save a neighborhood stray turned into a 15-year mission for Darlene Mathews to save as many animals as she could.


Rim Fire remnants at root of Rosasco fire

Pine needles and other dead, woody fuels still smoldering from the 2013 Rim Fire are the apparent cause of a smokey, 3- to 4-acre fire first reported Tuesday west of Cherry Lake and north of Woods Ridge in the Groveland Ranger District, Forest Service officials said Wednesday.


Mother Lode schools used to low enrollment

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 District officials say Mother Lode schools have adapted to lower enrollment as this year’s head-count began this week in Calaveras County.


Laura Bush attends ceremony in Yosemite

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Jerry Edelbrock, vice president of Yosemite Conservancy (left), Laura Bush, former First Lady and co-chair of National Park Service Centennial, and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher participate in the Tioga Road rededication ceremony. Al Golub, Yosemite Conservancy / Courtesy photo.
 Former First Lady Laura Bush, wife of 43rd president George W. Bush, attended a ceremony Tuesday in Yosemite National Park commemorating the 100th anniversary since the original dedication of Tioga Road.


Retired Summerville High teacher dies after 37 years of service

Read more... Longtime Summerville High School home economics teacher Marsha Husman died Saturday at her home in Sonora. She was 61. 


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