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Pilot Killed Fighting Coalinga Wildfire Leaves Grieving Family

The helicopter pilot who died fighting one of the hundreds of wildfires raging across California was making water drops over hilly, rugged terrain when his aircraft suddenly plunged to the ground, leaving behind a grieving family as authorities begin a painsta...
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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,  a...

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 acres and was 49% contained as of 7:05 a.m. Monday mo...