Junction Fire near Yosemite almost at full containment

Junction Fire map.
Junction Fire map.

A wild fire that destroyed 47 structures in Madera County south of Yosemite National Park is near full containment Friday.

Winds pushed embers from the blaze up to a half-mile after the fire began Monday afternoon. The firefight was complex, with flames burning in an area made up of homes, businesses and wild land, Cal Fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen said. Additional ground and air resources were called in, which played a significant role in the fight.

"In fact we even had a very large air tanker, the DC 10, fly a mission over the fire, and those air resources turned out to be extremely instrumental in stopping the fire where it did," Mathisen said.

Nearly 1,000 firefighters from agencies across California, including Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and local fire departments, teamed up to battle the fire, which held at 612 acres.

Firefighters remain on scene and are expected to continue the mop up stage over the next several days, Mathisen said.

On Tuesday, 500 structures were threatened. Outbuildings, motorhomes and storage containers were destroyed.

Two firefighters had minor injuries and are doing OK, Mathisen said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

On Friday, firefighters continue to strengthen established containment lines with resources committed to mop-up and patrol, reported CalFire.

There are currently no evacuation restrictions.