Junction Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes in Oakhurst

Junction Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes in Oakhurst

A local emergency has been declared for the community of Oakhurst. A massive wildfire is threatening hundreds of homes. Eight structures have been damaged. More than 12-hundred acres have burned.

A local emergency has been declared for the community of Oakhurst.

A massive wildfire is threatening hundreds of homes.

Eight structures have been damaged.

More than 12-hundred acres have burned.

The fire started around two Monday afternoon and it is burning out of control.

People who live in the area where the fire is burning were told to get out as the flames moved frighteningly fast.

Flames continue to burn into the night on the north end of Oakhurst.

It has been a grueling battle for fire fighters as the fire that started on the west side of Highway 41 jumped across the highway. The flames quickly chewed through tall trees.

Residents tried to protect their property with garden hoses, but were told to leave immediately.

While fire fighters tried to stop the fire from spreading, miles away in Coarsegold, residents who had been told to evacuate pulled in to the Coarsegold Community Center where the Red Cross set up a shelter.

Karen Elliot was cooking dinner when she got the call to evacuate. She grabbed her dinner, her dogs and emergency supplies.

"I'm alone in the world, no family so I'm staying here," Elliot said.

Evacuees could do nothing but wait. Wait for word on which way the fire was burning, was it burning towards their homes.

We shared updates that we received with those at the emergency shelter.

Residents weren't the only ones who had to leave. Several hotels on the north end of Oakhurst were evacuated.

The Ball family from Santa Cruz checked into their hotel after the fire started.

"There was smoke right behind our hotel and we were like - should we check in? We're not unpacking the car.  We checked in and got in the pool," James Ball said.

They weren't there long before the hotel said they had to leave.

They watched the flames from the turnout at the 'Welcome to Oakhurst' sign, along with Nate Nielsen who was one of the first who had to evacuate.

"We heard the evacuation come in through our neighbors and right then the bombers came right over our house," Nielsen said.

The evacuees are now hoping and praying.

"Ask father Jesus to save my house. But we'll be all right, one way or another, vagabonds til the end," Karen Elliot said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

One fire fighter was injured fighting the fire. No word on what type of injury was suffered or the fire fighters condition.

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