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Detwiler Fire: 58 houses destroyed, blaze increases to 74,000-acres in Mariposa County, 15 pct. contained (VIDEO)

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., July 21

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: 74,083 acres – 15% contained

Structures Threatened: 1,500

Structures Destroyed: 58 residences, 60 minor structures, 11 residences damages and 6 minor structures damaged

Evacuation Orders – Ben Hur Rd. from Buckeye Rd. to Hwy 49-S, all of Mariposa Town, HWY 140 from 49-N to East Whitlock Rd. and ALL feeder roads, East Whitlock Rd from HWY 140 to Mosher Rd. and All feeder roads to the West, Hornitos Rd. from HWY 140 to Mount Gaines Rd. and ALL feeder roads on both side (This includes the community of Whispering Oak), West Whitlock from 49-N to Mosher Rd. and ALL feeder roads on both sides. Colorado Rd. from E. Whitlock to Rancheria Creek Rd. and ALL feeder roads. Rancheria Creek Rd, ALL of Sherlock Rd, ALL of Telegraph Rd, Bull Creek Rd from Greeley Hill Rd to the Merced River, Old Yosemite Rd to the Five Corners intersection and River Rd from Briceburg to Northfork Falls.

Evacuation Orders – North County: HWY 49-N from Schilling Rd. to Oakridge Rd. and ALL feeder roads, HWY 132 from HWY 49-N to Windy Point, the town of Coulterville, Dogtown Rd. from Greeley Hill Rd. to Texas Hill Rd., ALL of Texas Hill Rd., Schilling Rd from HWY 49-N to Texas Hill Rd ,Greeley Hill Rd. from Dogtown Rd. (Coulterville) to Dogtown Rd. near Bowers Cave. All roads between Greeley Hill Rd and Texas Hill Rd.

Evacuation Advisories NORTH COUNTY: 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.

SOUTH COUNTY: Hwy 49-S from Ben Hur Rd to Indian Peak Rd and ALL feeder roads, Ashworth to Silver Lane and ALL feeder roads, Silver Bar to Ashworth and ALL feeder roads, Indian Peak to Oak Grove Rd and ALL feeder roads, Oak Grove Rd from Miwuk Rd to Oak Grove School Rd and ALL feeder roads, Allred Rd from 49S to Morningstar Lane and ALL feeder roads, Morningstar Lane to Carlton Rd and ALL feeder roads, Carlton Rd to Silva Rd and ALL feeder roads, Silva Rd to Hwy 49 South and ALL feeder roads, Bear Valley Rd- All homes from Exchequer Rd to Hornitos Rd, Hornitos Town Area, HWY 140 from Briceburg to E. Whitlock, Colorado Rd from HWY 140 to Rancheria Creek Rd., Oak Rd and Yosemite Oak Rd.

Evacuation Shelters: EV Free Church, 50443 School Rd, Oakhurst, CA
Sierra Vista Presbyterian, 39696 HWY 41, Oakhurst, CA
Cesar Chavez Middle School, 161 Plainsburg Rd, Planada, CA
Mountain Christian Center 40299 HWY 49, Oakhurst , CA
Sonora Fair grounds, 220 Southgate, Sonora, CA North Fork Ranchera Community Center, 56900 Kunigib Rd, North Fork, CA 93643

Total Fire Personnel: 3,834

Total Fire Engines: 478

Total Fire Crews: 68

Total Airtankers: Yes

Total Helicopters: Yes

Total Dozers: 87

Total Water Tenders: 61

Road Closures: HWY49N from Smith Rd to Oakridge Rd., Bear Valley Rd at Exchequer Rd., Hornitos Rd from Mt Gaines to HWY 140, Mt. Gaines Rd at No.9 Rd., HWY 140 from Triangle Rd to School House Rd., 49S at Triangle Rd., HWY 132 at Horseshoe Bend, Ben Hur at HWY 49S, HWY 140 at Yaqui Gulch Rd., E. Whitlock at HWY 140, Colorado Rd at Rancheria Creek, Greeley at Dogtown Rd to the end of Greeley Hill and Dogtown, Smith Station Rd and Greeley Hill Rd.Cause:Under Investigation

Conditions: Firefighters worked through the night establishing and reinforcing containment lines. Much of the fire is steep and rugged with areas difficult to access. Damage assessment crews have completed approximately 80% of their assessment of damaged and destroyed buildings. The weather is expected to be hot and dry with winds out of the West-Northwest. The fire continues to challenge firefighters in drought stricken chaparral and in an area of severe tree mortality. Power lines supplying power to Yosemite National Park continue to be threatened.

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.

A Community Meeting will be held this evening in Merced at the Merced Theatre, 301 West Main Street, Merced, CA 95340.

 

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m., July 20

Date/Time Started: July 16, 2017 3:56 p.m.

Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit

County: Mariposa County

Location: Detwiler Rd and Hunters Valley Rd, 2 miles east of Lake McClureAcres Burned – Containment: 70,096 acres – 10% contained

Structures Threatened: 1,500Structures

Destroyed: 45 destroyed and 6 damaged

Road Closures: HWY49N from Smith Rd to Oakridge Rd., Bear Valley Rd at Exchequer Rd., Hornitos Rd from Mt Gaines to HWY 140, Mt. Gaines Rd at No.9 Rd., HWY 140 from Triangle Rd to School House Rd., 49S at Triangle Rd., HWY 132 at Horseshoe Bend, Bend Hur at HWY 49S, HWY 140 at Yaqui Gulch Rd., E. Whitlock at HWY 140, Colorado Rd at Rancheria Creek, Greeley at Dogtown Rd to the end of Greeley Hill and Dogtown intersection, Smith Station Rd and Greeley Hill Rd.

Total Fire Personnel: 3,181

Total Fire Engines: 410

Total Fire Crews: 56

Airtankers: Yes

Total Helicopters: 14

Total Dozers: 75

Total Water Tenders: 57

Conditions: The acreage increased due to an increase in fire activity late yesterday afternoon. Overnight, fire crews continued their work to establish and reinforce containment lines. The fire area is seeing poor humidity recoveries at night allowing the fire to remain very active throughout this time. The fire is burning in drought stricken chaparral and in an area of severe tree mortality. Damage assessment crews are on scene to evaluate and inspect the area.

Power lines supplying power to Yosemite National Park continue to be threatened.

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.

Cause: Under Investigation

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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