Thousands flee Mariposa as Detwiler fire threatens

An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire fire near Mariposa California on Wednesday

An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire fire near Mariposa California on Wednesday

Only one structure has been destroyed in the Detwiler Fire so far according to CalFire's report, but 300 more structures are now threatened. "You get the winds and the density of the grass, the fire just goes". From Highway 49 on the south side of Mariposa, take Old Highway Road west to Highway 140 near Cathys Valley.

Jaime Williams from CAL FIRE said on Monday afternoon officials are considering having a community meeting about the Detwiler Fire on Tuesday though no time or place has been set.

The fire in Mariposa County started Sunday and quickly burned 24 square miles.

The Red Cross moved an evacuation shelter from a Mariposa location to Caesar Chavez Junior High at 161 S. Plainsburg Road in Planada. Smoke from the fire could be seen from Reno to the Fresno area, and filled Yosemite Valley with a thick haze Tuesday afternoon.

A scorched car rests next to a residence leveled by the Detwiler fire near Mariposa Calif. on Wednesday

Mendocinosportsplus is reporting on the Lake County fire as well, with pictures of the tanker routes over the fire.

Conditions became so unsafe Tuesday that, shortly after the clock struck noon, the entire town of Mariposa was placed under mandatory evacuations, including at least nine hotels or inns in the affected area.

"There's ample fuel and steep terrain", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman DeeDee Garcia. "Today firefighters expect unfavourable weather conditions and aggressive fire behavior". According to officials, the fire is getting dangerously close to electrical lines that supply power to Yosemite and its facilities. The communities of Hunters Valley, Bear Valley, and Hornitos continue to be threatened as the fire encroaches on culturally and historically sensitive areas. It comes in response to a fire in Mariposa County that has forced thousands of residents to leave their homes. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the incident at 1000 hrs. from the Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit.

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