Brushfires causing evacuations in two California towns

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Updated: 8/18 11:53 pm
CALIFORNIA (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- More than 1,500 in central California have been alerted to evacuate, because of a brushfire near Yosemite National Park.

The Junction Fire is burning in the hills above Oakhurst, and has charred about 500 acres. Evacuations have been issued for residents in two sections of the community.

The American Red Cross is already there, and has established a shelter. Sections of three key roads in the area are closed to all except emergency traffic.

Oakhurst is only 14 miles from the entrance to Yosemite.

Another wildfire, the Way Fire, has consumed about 800 acres near Bakersfield. It is centered on a ridge above several neighborhoods near Bakersfield.

Fire officials say at least three structures have burned, and more than 200 others are threatened. So far, no serious injuries have been reported.

Some residents have evacuated to a local high school.
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