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Junction fire near Yosemite National Park now 75% contained

Firefighters making progress on Junction fire near Yosemite National Park
47 structures destroyed, six damaged in Junction fire near Yosemite National Park
Firefighters aggressively clear hot spots at 612-acre Junction fire near Yosemite National Park

Firefighters made major progress Thursday on a 612-acre wildfire that has destroyed 47 structures near Yosemite National Park.

Fire crews improved containment lines and aggressively cleared hot spots at the Junction fire, which was 75% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A ground team inspected the fire's damage and increased the number of structures Thursday, showing 47 had been destroyed and six were damaged.

CalFire said storage containers, outbuildings and motor homes were destroyed.

The fire started about 1:50 p.m. Monday near Highway 49 and Junction Drive in the community of Oakhurst, immediately prompting more than 13,000 evacuations orders.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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