Clovis News

Local briefs: Grilling safety urged

The Fresno Fire Department is urging the public to use grills and barbecues safely this summer to prevent potentially deadly fires.

Tips from the Fire Department include: Use propane and charcoal barbecue grills outdoors only and keep them well away from the home, deck railings, eaves or overhanging branches.

Also, keep children and pets away from the grill area; remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill; never leave the grill unattended; let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container; and check propane-tank hoses for leaks before using the grill for the first time each year.

Campground to close during Cedar Grove prescribed burn

Fire crews plan to ignite a prescribed burn in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park on Tuesday, officials said.

The 71-acre fire will start in the Cedar Grove Dump and extend east of the Moraine Campground, which will be closed starting today until smoke in the area decreases, the National Park Service said.

Other camping facilities in the Cedar Grove area will be available.

The road to Cedar Grove will remain open, but motorists may experience delays.

Fresno battalion teen cadet honored with elite rank

Joshua Nichols, 17, was honored Sunday with the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a program for 13 to 17 year olds who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

Joshua, who just finished his junior year at Clovis East High School, is one of only 82 cadets out of 9,464 cadets nationwide -- and the first in the Fresno battalion in close to decade -- to earn the rank, according to his father, Daryl Nichols, who is commander of the local unit.

Daryl Nichols compared the accomplishment to earning Eagle Scout honors -- which is the Boy Scouts of America's highest-ranking award -- though he believes it is even harder to earn the Chief Petty Officer honor.

Joshua was given the honor Sunday at the Naval Sea Cadet Corps' East Shields Avenue drill site.