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Courtney Fire 320 acres, 60% contained


The Courtney Fire, located in Oakhurst in Madera County, burned 320 acres and is 60 percent contained according to Cal Fire.

The fire started Sunday at 1:36 p.m. and is located near Courtney Lane and 7 Hills Road. It caused evacuations for 600 residents living in the Bass Lake Heights community according to Cal Fire's website.

Evacuation orders were lifted Monday night for the residents along Road 426 at Courtney Lane, Road 426 at Suncrest Drive and all roads adjoining.


Courtney Fire in Madera County 320 acres, 35 percent containment


As of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday the Courtney Fire in Madera County near Oakhurst burned 320 acres and is 40 percent containment.

The fire started Sunday and caused evacuations for 600 residents living in the Bass Lake Heights community according to Cal Fire's website.

Courtney Fire at 320 acres near Oakhurst, 20% contained, schools closed


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Madera County Sheriff's Office issued an emergency alert and announce evacuations Sunday afternoon for parts of Oakhurst due to a 320-acre wildfire.

As of 6:17 a.m. Monday, the Courtney Fire is at 20 percent percent containment and is located on Courtney Lane and Seven Hills Road in Oakhurst.

At 8 a.m. Monday, Madera County Sheriff's Office posted to Facebook and said Oakhurst Elementary, Oak Creek Intermediate and Wasuma Elementary were closed.

West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Local Assyrian-Americans encouraged by Obama's plan against ISIS


The Assyrian-American community in Turlock has been outspoken about the need to help those terrorized by Islamic State militants.

In the conference room of the Assyrian-American Civic Club of Turlock, members watched closely as Pres. Obama outlined his four-point plan Wednesday evening to degrade and destroy the terrorist group ISIS.

"It has been frustrating as an Assyrian-American to see the lack of action up until this point," club member Matthew Jacob said.

In addition to Sunni and Shia Muslims, Assyrian Christians are among the tens of thousands of religious minorities Obama said were at grave risk from ISIS.

"He mentioned the Christian minorities that are being displaced right now and the humanitarian aid that needs to be sent to them. That's very comforting for me to hear," Jacob said.

Club member Bella Daniel welcomed the focus on local Iraqi security forces.

DUI Suspect Arrested in Turlock Triple Fatal Hit and Run


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A Turlock man was jailed and faces DUI hit and run charges following a collision that took the lives of three pedestrians.

Luis Miguel Cruz, 28, was rearrested Monday afternoon following a police investigation. He is looking at multiple charges, including felony DUI, felony hit and run and three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, according to authorities.

The horrific incident unified the Turlock neighborhood where the collision occurred. Dozens of mourners spilled outside the Flores family garage for a prayer vigil Monday night.

3 family members hit, killed by car in Turlock.


TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.


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