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Big Hill structure fire

Fire crews are en route to a report of a structure fire on Big Hill in Tuolumne County.

The fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. on the 16000 block of Old Oak Ranch Road, according to Cal Fire officials.

Several residents in the area reported seeing the fire.

No further information is available at this time.

Update: Cal Fire dispatchers said the structure was fully involved when crews arrived. A small vegetation fire was put out and no one is believe to have been injured

Glacier Point Road to open Saturday

Yosemite National Park officials are planning to open Glacier Point Road on Saturday for the spring and summer.

Highs in Yosemite Valley and Tenaya Canyon are expected to approach 80 today and through the weekend. Visitors can expect temperatures 10 to 20 degrees cooler at higher elevations including Glacier Point.


Children plant first new trees in forest burned by Rim Fire

Under bright, warm sunshine Thursday, about 150 students from Tenaya Elementary School in Groveland helped plant the first new trees in part of the Stanislaus National Forest burned in the massive 2013 Rim Fire.

The youngsters worked between pockets of burned brush and mature trees with blackened trunks, with their teachers and other grownups as part of early Earth Day activities.

Fire insurance prices climb

Tuolumne County officials are still hearing from area homeowners about skyrocketing fire-hazard insurance rates, and plan to forward those concerns to the California Department of Insurance within a couple of weeks.

Some people have reported that they were recently dropped from their homeowners’ insurance plans, and others say their rates have gone through the roof, with companies citing fire ratings and perceived wildfire risks as reasons.

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