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June 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Four people were killed Friday when their small plane crashed in the Sierra National Forest. John Darling said he heard an engine sputter, then saw the plane glide momentarily before it clipped tall pine trees about 10:15 a.m. The plane broke apart in a heavily wooded area about seven miles north of Bass Lake in Madera County.
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August 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Full moons and meteor showers might be a good excuse to try a nighttime zipline tour high above the trees near Yosemite National Park. "The most exciting thing about ziplining at night is you can't see where you are headed," says Wade Beane, manager of Zip Yosemite. "It's just really fun, a mystery. "  Zip Yosemite at the Calvin Crest Retreat Center in Oakhurst, Calif., sits at 5,000 feet in elevation in the Sierra National Forest . The location isn't inside the park, but it is far from the light pollution of civilization, leaving zipliners with clear views of the star-studded night sky. The company started operations in late 2012 and is completing its first summer season.
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September 14, 1986
Nearly 200 of the 1,100 firefighters battling a wildfire in a remote canyon in the Sierra National Forest east of Fresno have been pulled off the lines, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. The blaze, caused by a cigarette discarded in a marijuana patch, has charred 6,750 acres of brush and light timber in the steep, rocky canyon in an area so remote that firefighters must be brought in and out by helicopter.
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June 30, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
The illegal marijuana-growing operations that have proliferated in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada appear to be taking a toll on the fisher, a forest animal whose numbers are dangerously low. Researchers studying fishers in the Sierra National Forest in the southern Sierra found that mortality rates were significantly higher for females living in areas with a number of marijuana-growing sites. Liberal amounts of pesticides and anticoagulant rodent poison are commonly used at the operations, tainting small prey the fisher eats.
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September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A fire that has burned more than 15 square miles in Kings Canyon National Park and the Sierra National Forest is growing more slowly. Fire officials said shorter days and cooler temperatures have helped contain the lightning-sparked fire that started in mid-July. Park officials say it's too risky for firefighters to actively fight the blaze, which is burning in a rugged, remote area. So officials have been monitoring it with a Webcam. Meanwhile, officials said a fire burning in Sequoia National Park, which has charred 6 square miles, is about 85% contained after cooler weather over the weekend.
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January 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Clovis family believed to be missing in the mountains amid a major storm was found in good condition Friday. A Madera County Sheriff's Department search and rescue team found 64-year-old John Hopper and his 15-year-old twins Matt and Sarah near Fresno Dome, a popular hiking destination in the Sierra National Forest. Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said rescue crews found the family with three other people who apparently got trapped in the woods after the storm hit. Stuart said Fresno Dome was the last known hiking area the rescue crew was scheduled to search Friday night.
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August 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Full moons and meteor showers might be a good excuse to try a nighttime zipline tour high above the trees near Yosemite National Park. "The most exciting thing about ziplining at night is you can't see where you are headed," says Wade Beane, manager of Zip Yosemite. "It's just really fun, a mystery. "  Zip Yosemite at the Calvin Crest Retreat Center in Oakhurst, Calif., sits at 5,000 feet in elevation in the Sierra National Forest . The location isn't inside the park, but it is far from the light pollution of civilization, leaving zipliners with clear views of the star-studded night sky. The company started operations in late 2012 and is completing its first summer season.
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June 30, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
The illegal marijuana-growing operations that have proliferated in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada appear to be taking a toll on the fisher, a forest animal whose numbers are dangerously low. Researchers studying fishers in the Sierra National Forest in the southern Sierra found that mortality rates were significantly higher for females living in areas with a number of marijuana-growing sites. Liberal amounts of pesticides and anticoagulant rodent poison are commonly used at the operations, tainting small prey the fisher eats.
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June 27, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The illegal marijuana-growing operations that have proliferated in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada appear to be taking a toll on the fisher, a rare forest animal whose numbers are dangerously low. Researchers studying fishers in the Sierra National Forest in the southern Sierra found that mortality rates were significantly higher for females living in areas with a number of marijuana growing sites. Liberal amounts of pesticides and anticoagulant rodent poison are commonly applied at the operations, tainting the small prey the fisher eats.
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November 9, 2009 | Thomas Curwen
The lake is deserted, and the forest is quiet at the far end of Huntington Lodge Road. A breeze combs through the pines and the firs. It strips a ready leaf or two from the willows that grow by the water. Fall has come to the Sierra Nevada, this third weekend in October, and the cabins on the cul-de-sac are vacant. Most are boarded up for winter, cenotaphs to a time just weeks ago when they were open and alive to the coming and going of vacationing families. Summer is a short season in the mountains -- over, some say, before it begins -- and for the owners of these cabins, a small resort known as Lakeview Cottages, the clock is running down.
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June 27, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The illegal marijuana-growing operations that have proliferated in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada appear to be taking a toll on the fisher, a rare forest animal whose numbers are dangerously low. Researchers studying fishers in the Sierra National Forest in the southern Sierra found that mortality rates were significantly higher for females living in areas with a number of marijuana growing sites. Liberal amounts of pesticides and anticoagulant rodent poison are commonly applied at the operations, tainting the small prey the fisher eats.
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November 9, 2009 | Thomas Curwen
The lake is deserted, and the forest is quiet at the far end of Huntington Lodge Road. A breeze combs through the pines and the firs. It strips a ready leaf or two from the willows that grow by the water. Fall has come to the Sierra Nevada, this third weekend in October, and the cabins on the cul-de-sac are vacant. Most are boarded up for winter, cenotaphs to a time just weeks ago when they were open and alive to the coming and going of vacationing families. Summer is a short season in the mountains -- over, some say, before it begins -- and for the owners of these cabins, a small resort known as Lakeview Cottages, the clock is running down.
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September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A fire that has burned more than 15 square miles in Kings Canyon National Park and the Sierra National Forest is growing more slowly. Fire officials said shorter days and cooler temperatures have helped contain the lightning-sparked fire that started in mid-July. Park officials say it's too risky for firefighters to actively fight the blaze, which is burning in a rugged, remote area. So officials have been monitoring it with a Webcam. Meanwhile, officials said a fire burning in Sequoia National Park, which has charred 6 square miles, is about 85% contained after cooler weather over the weekend.
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January 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Clovis family believed to be missing in the mountains amid a major storm was found in good condition Friday. A Madera County Sheriff's Department search and rescue team found 64-year-old John Hopper and his 15-year-old twins Matt and Sarah near Fresno Dome, a popular hiking destination in the Sierra National Forest. Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said rescue crews found the family with three other people who apparently got trapped in the woods after the storm hit. Stuart said Fresno Dome was the last known hiking area the rescue crew was scheduled to search Friday night.
NEWS
June 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Four people were killed Friday when their small plane crashed in the Sierra National Forest. John Darling said he heard an engine sputter, then saw the plane glide momentarily before it clipped tall pine trees about 10:15 a.m. The plane broke apart in a heavily wooded area about seven miles north of Bass Lake in Madera County.
NEWS
July 13, 1988
The Forest Service may seek civil penalties--but will not file criminal charges--against two San Diego-area brothers who accidentally set a 2,200-acre wildfire outside Yosemite National Park, authorities said. The Sierra National Forest will attempt to recover part of the $1 million it cost to fight the fire, which damaged the Merced River watershed and some rangeland, a spokesman said.
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January 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An 80-year-old woman is back home after being lost in Sequoia National Forest for two days. Sarah Hilda Brooks' car battery had died in the eastern Fresno County mountains. Brooks, who got lost after driving to Fresno, was found Friday evening by state Department of Fish and Game Warden Lorraine Doyle and Sierra National Forest Ranger John Geyer south of Kings River, it was reported Sunday. Brooks was in a ravine about 40 feet from her 1991 Mitsubishi Galant.
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