Detwiler Fire Now 30 Percent Contained

Posted July 23, 2017

About 1,500 structures are still threatened by the fire, which previously prompted evacuation orders for the towns of Mariposa and Coulterville.

The Detwiler, one of dozens of major wildfires burning across the U.S. West, was 25 percent contained as of Friday evening, Cal Fire said on its tracking website.

Moreover, due to the heavy smoke blowing in from "Detwiler Fire", an air quality alert was issued on Wednesday for the Reno-Sparks area in Nevada state, more than 241 km away. A scorched vehicle rests next to a residence leveled by the Detwiler fire near Mariposa, Calif., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Cal Fire said it has burned 45 buildings and damaged another six since it began on Monday.

More than 3,800 firefighters were battling the blaze that has forced people from a half-dozen small communities.

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Over two thousand firefighters are battling a wildfire that has engulfed 48,000 acres of rugged terrain in California. It is 10 percent contained.

"It's being planned and will be done as soon as areas are deemed safe", said Batallion Chief Jeremy Rahn, a Cal Fire public information officer.

"We saw the fire come over the ridge on the north side of Mariposa and it crested the ridge just at sundown" when it was cooling down, Motta said.

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"The imminent threat to Mariposa is over, but fire crews are maintaining the line to control the threat", he said. The park remained open to visitors on Thursday.

Holiman says the firefighters will work to protect structures that are in the fire's path.

MARIPOSA A chimney and a cinder block wall is all that's left standing among rubble that was a house Miki Crawford and her family called home for 22 years after a wildfire raced through her Northern California rural community, the former nurses' aide said Friday. But the dense vegetation that has sprouted from the rains has increased the challenge for fire crews.

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