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Sheriff IDs Dead Helicopter Pilot in Hills Fire Crash

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20: The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says the helicopter pilot who died in a crash near Coalinga is Michael John Fournier, 52, of Rancho Cucamonga. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Fournier was identified...
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Mineral Fire Containment Grows to 68%

The week-old Mineral Fire is now 68% contained after scorching 44.5 square miles and destroying seven structures in the Diablo Range west of Coalinga, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday morning. In addition,  all road closures in Fresno and Monterey counties s...

All Mineral Fire Road Closures Are Lifted

Cal Fire announced Monday afternoon that all road closures in Fresno and Monterey counties for the Mineral Fire have been lifted. All Evacuations & Road Closures for the #MineralFire Have Been Lifted@Fre...

Mineral Fire West of Coalinga Is 49% Contained

Firefighters battling the Mineral Fire west of Coalinga have increased containment, but the fire grew larger over the weekend, authorities said. The eight-day-old Mineral Fire now covers more than 28,000 acr...

Fresno County Wildfire Grows to More Than 30 Square Miles

A Fresno County wildfire west of Coalinga grew larger but firefighters also increased containment, authorities said Friday. The Mineral Fire expanded to more than 30 square miles and was 30% contained. Four structures have been destroyed and 60 remained thr...