Proclamation gives teeth to fire prevention efforts

Offenders face misdemeanor

Last August, the Junction Fire ravaged eastern Madera County, destroying 47 structures, including multiple family homes. A homeless encampment on the northeast corner of Oakhurst was named as the origin point, and the proclamation issued earlier this month by CAL FIRE Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich is aimed at avoiding a repeat performance amid California's record-setting drought and skyrocketing temperatures.Last August, the Junction Fire ravaged 612 acres, ripping through Oakhurst and Bass Lake,...

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