News briefs

Three arrested on drug counts in Tulare County

Two Teviston men and one woman are in the Tulare County Jail on suspicion of possession of cocaine for sale.

Juan Carlos Montes Jr., 18, Ramon Montes, 21, and Isabel Montes, 39, were arrested at their home on the 7800 block of Road 132 after a three-week investigation, Tulare County sheriff's deputies said.

During a raid on the home, investigators found 58 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, some of which was packaged for sale, deputies said. They also found packaging materials, a scale and several weapons.

All are being held on $30,000 bail.

Pot at two sites destroyed

The Tulare County sheriff's tactical enforcement personnel team and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up to eradicate two large marijuana growing sites Thursday.

The Speas Creek site had more than 12,200 plants. A second area in Flynn Canyon had more than 4,100 plants. Both are on Forest Service land.

Officials said that if the plants had been allowed to mature, they would have had a street value of more than $63 million.

Sequoia park blaze likely to cause highway delays

National forest firefighters Saturday warned motorists that delays are likely on Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park for the next several days as they use controlled burns to clear fire lines.

The burnout, or firing operations, will remove fuels along the forest floor and strengthen existing lines to help contain the Hidden fire, which has been burning in the area since Sept. 10.

When the highway is open, drivers should avoid stopping and go slow, watching for firefighters and posted signs.

The fire was started by a lightning strike 12 miles north of Three Rivers.

Tehipite fire is growing

The Tehipite fire in the Kings Canyon National Park and Sierra National Forest continues to grow.

Fire officials said the blaze, sparked by lightning about July 14, has spread to 9,406 acres, including 5,700 acres in the national forest. Officials said the fire is a slow, creeping ground fire that is cleaning up dead wood and other fuel on the forest floor.

Firefighters are monitoring the fire and protecting cabins in Johnson Meadow, as well as the Crown Valley Guard Station.