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13,000 evacuate as out of
control wildfire rages near Yosemite

Los Angeles Times, by Joseph Serna

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/19/2014 2:54:23 PM

A wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park is threatening 500 homes, has triggered 13,000 evacuation orders and prompted the Madera County sheriff to declare a local emergency. The fast-moving Junction fire had burned 1,200 acres and was 0% contained overnight, prompting local school officials to close five campuses Tuesday. Authorities have also closed California 41 leading in and out of Yosemite National Park and have sent out an additional 2,500 phone calls warning residents they may have to leave if the fire spreads in their direction. (Snip) The fire is just one of several blazes raging across California’s parched forests

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 8/19/2014 3:28:20 PM     (No. 9972227)

Prayers for those affected. The drought is taking its toll.

Those who have never lived in CA need to understand that wildfire, and not earthquake, is the major danger outside of the urban areas.

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