2014-08-14 / Front Page

Highway 41 reopens in Junction Fire vicinity

The Junction Fire was first reported around 1:50 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18. Image: Madera County Sheriff's OfficeThe Junction Fire was first reported around 1:50 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18. Image: Madera County Sheriff's OfficeTuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 - 4:05 p.m. - Highway 41 has reopened to through traffic in the Junction Fire zone north of Oakhurst, the Madera County Sheriff's Office has announced.

The total area burned remained at 1,200 acres, with zero percent containment, according to the fire information center's most recent report.

Eight structures have been consumed by the blaze, the CAL FIRE Web site and a Madera County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed. Two injuries have been reported. One required the evacuation of a firefighter to an area hospital because of a leg injury.

At least 500 structures remain threatened by the wildfire. Evacuation centers have been established at Yosemite Lakes Community Church and Coarsegold Community Center in Coarsegold.

The GAZETTE's Web site will be updated regularly as more fire information is reported.

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