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Detwiler Fire: 63 houses destroyed, blaze at more than 81,000-acres in Mariposa County, 75 pct. contained (VIDEO)

Nevada City fire chief Sam Godspeed stares down flames at the Detwiler Fire July 18.
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UPDATE: 8:30 a.m., July 27

Last Updated: July 27, 2017 7:00 am

Date/Time Started: July 16, 2017 3:56 pm

Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit

County: Mariposa County

Location: Detwiler Rd and Hunters Valley Rd, 2 miles east of Lake McClure

Acres Burned – Containment: 81,350 , acres – 75% contained

Structures Threatened: 1,500

Structures Destroyed: 63 residences, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure destroyed. 13 residences damages and 8 minor structures damaged

Evacuation Orders – Mariposa
Dogtown Rd. from Wampum Hill to Bowers Cave All of Texas Hill Rd Greeley Hill Rd. from Lower Dogtown Rd. (Coulterville) to Dogtown Rd. near Bowers Cave Bull Creek Rd from Greeley Hill Rd to the Merced River Old Yosemite Rd to the Five Corners intersection

Evacuation Advisories – Mariposa 
HWY 49N from Oakridge Rd. to the County Line. All roads north of Greeley Hill Rd. to the Mariposa County line, to include Dexter Rd., Cueno Rd., Smith Station Rd. to HWY 120 and all feeder roads, Buck Meadows Rd. north of Greeley Hill Rd. to HWY 120, Old Yosemite Rd and Bull Creek Rd. The town of Coulterville from Hwy 49N to Lower Dogtown Rd. All of Schilling Rd and all feeder roads. River Rd. from Briceburg to North Fork Falls.

Evacuation Shelters

  • Sonora Fair grounds, 220 Southgate, Sonora, CA
  • MES Shelter, Red Cross, 5044 Jones St, Mariposa, CASmall animals: Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church at 39616 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA.; Cesar Chavez Middle School at 161 Plainsburg Road, Planada, CA. (559)-433-9663; Sonora Fairgrounds at 220 Southgate Rd, Sonora, CA., Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644
    Large animals: Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds, 44777 Rodeo Grounds Ln, Coarsegold, CA. (559)-994-2794; Horsemen Association, 499 Nevada St, Merced, CA (209)-354-9437

    Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Evacation and Road Closure Updates via Nixle

Road Closures:HWY49-N- Closed 1 mile North of Bear Valley to Crown Lead Rd, Greeley Hill Rd- Closed from Lower Dog Town to Bowers Cave and all roads to the south, Dog Town Rd- Closed and all side roads, Texas Hill Rd- Closed and all side roads, Schilling Rd- Closed and all side roads.

Total Fire Personnel: 4,914

Total Fire Engines: 343

Total Fire Crews: 114

Total Helicopters: 19

Total Dozers: 52

Total Water Tenders: 61

Conditions: July 26, 2017 – Detwiler Fire Community Meeting Information

Last night more containment efforts were made. Further repopulation efforts will continue under the repoplulation plan. Sunny and dry weather continue today. The fire is seeing better humidity recoveries at night. We ask the public to exercise caution and remember that, “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire”.

We ask for the public to heed all evacuation orders and warnings. For information about how to prepare for evacuation please visit: http://www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

 

UPDATE: 12 p.m., July 25

Last Updated: July 25, 2017 7:30 am

Date/Time Started: July 16, 2017 3:56 pm

Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit

County: Mariposa County

Location: Detwiler Rd and Hunters Valley Rd, 2 miles east of Lake McClure

Acres Burned: 80,250, acres – 65% contained

Estimated – Containment: 8/5/17

Structures Threatened: 1,500

Structures Destroyed: 63 residences, 67 minor structures and 1 commercial structure destroyed. 13 residences damaged and 8 minor structures damaged

Road Closures: HWY49-N- Closed 1 mile North of Bear Valley to Crown Lead Rd, Greeley Hill Rd- Closed from Lower Dog Town to Bowers Cave and all roads to the south, Dog Town Rd- Closed and all side roads, Texas Hill Rd- Closed and all side roads, Schilling Rd- Closed and all side roads.

Total Fire Personnel: 4,914

Total Fire Engines: 343

Total Fire crews: 114

Total Helicopters: 19

Total Dozers: 52

Total Water Tenders: 61

Conditions: July 26, 2017 – Detwiler Fire Community Meeting Information

Last night more containment efforts were made. Further repopulation efforts will continue under the repoplulation plan. Sunny and dry weather continue today. The fire is seeing better humidity recoveries at night. We ask the public to exercise caution and remember that, “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire”.

We ask for the public to heed all evacuation orders and warnings. For information about how to prepare for evacuation please visit: http://www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Initially posted:

Five local engine companies are currently battling the more than 45,000-acre Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County, according to Peardale Chicago Park Public Information Officer Daniel Ramey.

More than 20 personnel from Nevada City, Grass Valley, Nevada County Consolidated, Ophir Hill, Peardale, Chicago Park and Higgins fire crews are currently at the site, located two miles east of Lake McClure, said Ramey.

Local strike team units arrived Tuesday around 2:15 a.m. to help with holding down roads, line control and protect structures threatened by the blaze which began Sunday evening.

While the fire has threatened 1,500 structures in the area, eight have been destroyed and one damaged as of Wednesday morning.

Of those buildings, Ramey said 12 were protected solely by local personnel, who defended structures well into Tuesday night.

Ramey added that local units also helped to contain 12 acres of the blaze yesterday, and that the fire was reported to be close to 10 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

For Nevada County residents who have noticed a smoky haze in the air in recent days, Ramey says, “From what I’m hearing, it’s most likely 90 percent from the Detwiler Fire.”

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