2014-09-11 / Front Page

Bass Lake fire claims 21 structures

A view from the Oakhurst Vons supermarket parking lot on Sunday shows a smoke plume rising from the Courtney Fire. (Nea Deal | CONTRIBUTED)A view from the Oakhurst Vons supermarket parking lot on Sunday shows a smoke plume rising from the Courtney Fire. (Nea Deal | CONTRIBUTED)Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 - 8:35 a.m. - Yet another fire has hit the region, with the Courtney Fire claiming 21 structures in the Bass Lake vicinity as of this morning, an official CAL FIRE report said.

The fire was first reported around 1:36 p.m. on Sunday at the north end of Bass Lake. It has prompted the evacuation of close to 900 residents who reside in about 300 structures along that side of the lakeshore and in the north part of Oakhurst, the report said.

As of 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the fire had claimed 10 structures, CAL FIRE reported. By 9 p.m. on Sunday, the number of destroyed structures had grown to 21.

As of this morning, the fire had consumed 320 acres and was 20 percent contained, the report said.

An evacuation center has been established at the Oakhurst Community Center, at 39800 Fresno Flats Road.


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This is so upsetting. I go up

This is so upsetting. I go up there almost every summer its really sad knowing that its on fire. That poor town it must sucks. Its heart breaking that someone would start these fires. I heard that they caught... But still destroying precious nature its so beautiful and now its in ashes. I really hope and am praying that they put it all out soon. People are loosing homes left to right I pray for their safety I feel so bad for them loosing these homes that probable mean a lot to them. I hope this is going to be over and that those people who lost homes get new ones. This is seriously heart breaking...

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