OAKHURST – Firefighters have made significant progress on the Junction Fire, and residents are being allowed to return to their homes and businesses in the main part of town.
Cal Fire warns that the potential still exists for critical fire behavior, and also cautions motorists to be aware of fire equipment and personnel working in the area.
The fire is now estimated at 612 acres and 30% contained. The change in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Evacuations and Road Closures:
Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for Highway 41 and all areas west of Highway 41. Road 620 is now open.
Roads east of Highway 41 remain closed and evacuations remain in effect including River Falls Road, Road 222 from Highway 41 to Road 274, and John West Road at Jean Road East. The Road 222 closure will be reevaluated in the morning.
We will update as more information becomes available.
With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, Cal Fire is asking everyone to continue to use caution, “One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire.” For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to www.readyforwildfire.org.
Be sure to register with MCAlert.org for notifications from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. For fire information call the Information Center:
559-658-2560 ext. 115.