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Yosemite plan may target backcountry camps

The National Park Service is developing a plan to manage the wilderness areas within Yosemite National Park that could affect the five popular High Sierra Camps, according to park officials.

The NPS will seek input sometime this year on the tentatively titled “Yosemite Wilderness Stewardship Plan,” according to park planning documents. Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb said the process is currently in its “infancy stages” and she wasn’t sure what effect it would have on the park’s High Sierra Camps.


Worst of Mono Way work done

Though most of the work on the Mono Way widening project in Sonora has yet to come, the city’s chief engineer said the work that most impacted drivers is done.

City Engineer Gerard Fuccillo said that, as of Monday, the project is about one-third complete. However, Fuccillo described the remaining work as a “gentle slope” with the culvert replacement that closed a short stretch of the busy road completed.

 


Sonora fire chief hiring discussed

Sonora leaders are concerned that the city’s next fire chief will not be required to live in or immediately near the city limits. But there’s not much they can do about it.

The Sonora City Council on Monday approved changes to the official job description for the chief, which included removing the residency clause that required the chief to live within 15 minutes of normal driving time to the city fire department. The job description will be used to recruit a new, permanent chief to replace Mike Barrows who retired earlier this year.


Grass fire in Sonora

A small grass fire burned a half-acre Tuesday near the Tuolumne County Department of Social Services building on Cedar Road North in Sonora.

The fire was reported at 12:21 p.m. and was contained by 1:30 p.m., according Cal Fire spokesman Mike Spear.

Resources dispatched to the area included two Tuolumne County Fire Department engines, three Cal Fire engines, one Sonora City Fire Department engine, two Cal Fire hand crews and two air tankers as a precautionary measure.

The fire’s cause is under investigation. No injuries or structure damage was reported.


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