Evacuation orders for the Junction fire that started Monday were lifted Wednesday morning as firefighters reported the blaze near Oakhurst, south of Yosemite National Park, was 40% under control.
The Mierkey and Piccolotti families shared an idyllic plot on the outskirts of Oakhurst. A farmhouse, built in 1905, nestled next to a former apple orchard. Their young children played in a tree house or spent afternoons splashing in the Fresno River...
One of the key ways the Junction fire was fought was from the air.