Firefighters Race to Contain Blaze Near Yosemite

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
August 22, 2014; 2:45 AM ET
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Firefighters continue to battle the blaze that has burned 612 acres. (Photo/Madera County Sheriff's Office)

All mandatory evacuation orders associated with the Junction Fire were lifted Wednesday after more than 13,000 were required to leave their homes on Tuesday, the Madera County Sheriff's Office reported.

More than 1,300 fire personnel are working to contain the blaze, which had consumed 612 acres and destroyed 47 structures since it ignited, CAL FIRE reported. The sheriff's office previously said that 1,200 acres had been scorched.

There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy with the number of acres burned.

Two injuries were reported due to the fire, according to California fire officials.

Forty-seven structures have been destroyed by the blaze since it ignited. (Photo/Madera County Sheriff's Office)

"While California is typically very dry this time of year, the ongoing drought conditions increase the threat of new wildfires," according to Meteorologist Eric Leister.

"The drought can cause wildfires to spread more easily, but also weather conditions, such a wind speed and direction as well as relative humidity, will determine how quickly the fire spreads in any given location."

Through Friday afternoon, the area will have mostly dry weather with some wind and the possibility of a stray thunderstorm.

"The weather won't help, but neither will it hinder," according to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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