Fire Season 2014, Junction Fire Keeps Burning

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.The Madera County Sheriff's Department is reporting Highway 41 is back open to Yosemite.

Roads That remain closed:Road 620, River Falls Road, Road 222 from highway 41 to Road 274and John West Road at Jean Road East

Firefighters are working around the clock to stop a large fire that's threatening hundreds of homes in Oakhurst.

Firefighters are calling it the Junction Fire.

So far, 1,200 acres are burned and eight buildings are destroyed in and around Oakhurst.

Evacuations have been ordered and more continue to be on evacuation warning.

Right now the more than 400 firefighters on scene do not have control over this fire.

One fire fighter was hurt and had to be taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

So far the cause is not known.

Yosemite Unified School District and Bass Lake District schools are closed Tuesday as well as Oakhurst Community College.

CAL FIRE has a phone line set up in the Sheriff's Command Center for the public to call about fire information. 559-658-2560; EXT 112, 113, or 115.

Also, due to road closures, The Senior bag lunch program administered by the Madera county food bank is changing its distribution Point for today's noon meal. Program recipients can receive their meals at the Coarsegold Community center.

Evacuation update from the Madera County Sheriff's Department:

Through MC-Alert emergency notification system, 13000 evacuation orders were issued to structures within the grid established based on the proximity to the fire.

Through MC-Alert emergency notification system, 2,500 evacuation warnings were issued to structures within the grid established, based on that area's proximity to the fire.

Deputies and volunteers with the Madera County Sheriff's office along with personnel from the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office, Fresno County Sheriff's Office and Fresno Police Department, went door-to-door, making physical contact with the following:

1,000 people who were told they had to evacuate; and another 4,000 who were told they were now on standby for evacuation.

Areas of concern include: Oakhurst, Cedar Valley and Bass Lake.

The fire is wind dominated and fire crews must deal with changing winds which commonly occur mid to late afternoon. In addition, factors that tie into the challenge include, elevation, and various foliage, like Manzanita, which only help to fuel the fire.