California: Thousands Evacuated After Mariposa Wildfire Doubles In Size To 45000 Acres

California: Thousands Evacuated After Mariposa Wildfire Doubles In Size To 45000 Acres

By noon Tuesday, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office extended evacuation orders to residents in the town area of Mariposa, east of Merced.

According to Cal Fire Wednesday morning, the Detwiler Fire, which began Sunday near Lake McClure along Detwiler Road and Hunters Valley Road, burned almost 46,000 acres and was only 7 percent contained.

The blaze, which is burning near Yosemite National Park, has already destroyed eight structures and damaged another. In fact, as of now, more than 1,500 individual structures face the risk of total destruction if the fire is not contained.

It's burning near Highway 49, a historical route winding its way up California foothills of the western Sierra Nevada dotted with communities and landmarks that sprouted up during the state's Gold Rush.

"The Bumguardner area: we're trying to build a containment line and then build enough buffer in so that we have a buffer if the fire runs hard into Mariposa".

According to Cal Fire's latest advisory, as of 10 a.m. Monday, evacuations remain in place for the Baker Creek subdivision. More than 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that sparked Sunday afternoon, which Kaufmann described as "volatile" and "erratic".

It has burned thousands of acres in central California and could cut power to Yosemite National Park.

No one was hurt in the fire that broke out in extremely windy conditions near Elko Monday afternoon, U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Greg Deimel said Wednesday. Some evacuations are underway and some roads closed.

Robin Falany, his wife and 90-year-old mother were some of the first to evacuate their home from the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County this week. Yosemite remains open, though CalFire is cautioning people to stay indoors as much as possible, because of the smoke. Over 400 people are working to contain the blaze that started as a vehicle fire on July 16.

Mariposa's 2,000 residents were told to leave town on Tuesday after its power and water links were damaged.

Investigations and further details on the fire are still underway.



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