Published 08/18 2014 02:56PM

Updated 08/19 2014 09:00PM

Press Release Updated Aug 19th 8:30 pm

Incident Name: Junction Fire Location: Highway 49 and Junction Drive in the 

Community of Oakhurst 


Start Date & Report Time: August 18, 2014, 1:50 p.m. 

Cause: Under Investigation. 

Acres: 612 Containment: 35% Fire Engines: 130 

Fire Crews: 16 Bulldozers: 8 Helicopters: 4 

Air tankers: 0 Total Personnel: 1,094 Injuries: 2 

Structures Threatened: 2,203 Structures Destroyed: 9 

Current Situation: 

Firefighters made significant progress today. Aggressive firefighting, in addition to lower temperatures, a rise in humidity 

and less wind have provided an opportunity to increase containment lines. Firefighters from throughout the central valley 

and the state have been deployed to defend homes in the area. 

With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use caution, “one less spark 

- one less wildfire”. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to 

Evacuations and road closures are in effect for the following areas: 

 Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for Highway 41 and all areas west of Highway 41, except Road 

620. Roads east of Highway 41 remain closed and evacuations remain in effect. 

Evacuation Shelter: 

 Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick, Coarsegold CA

School Closures: 

 The following schools will remain closed tomorrow.

o Yosemite High School

o Oak Creek Intermediate

o Oakhurst Elementary 

o Wasuma Elementary


High temperatures and extreme drought conditions have California firefighters battling the Junction Fire in Madera County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting cost reimbursement for those local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office is once again urging everyone who has yet to sign up for emergency alerts, anywhere in Madera County to sign up now.

Simply log onto If you do not have a computer call the Sheriff's Office main number, 559-675-7770 and ask to speak with Erica Stuart, Public Information Officer.



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