Evacuations ordered; residents flee flames
An Oakhurst brush fire sparked Monday afternoon burned through at least 200 acres in less than four hours, forcing emergency evacuation notices to more than 1,500 homes and businesses as it jumped across highways and grew in strength.
A temporary American Red Cross evacuation shelter was established at Oakhurst Community Center, but that was shut down in the evening due to the growing flames. Authorities advised evacuees to instead travel to the Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, where the Red Cross was setting up another shelter.
The blaze began just before 2 p.m. near Junction Drive and Road 425C, according to a Cal Fire spokeswoman.
After it jumped across State Route 41, mandatory evacuations were ordered for all residents in the area of Road 222 and the highway — also known as Hidden Falls — as well as all businesses along the SR 41 corridor between SR 49 and Road 632 (Sky Ranch Road)...