Mariposa fire threatens 1500 homes

Posted July 23, 2017

Farther south on the Detwiler Fire, evacuation orders were lifted at noon Friday for the town of Mariposa, Mariposa County sheriff's staff said.

Officials said the fire was 15 percent contained after almost $11 million was spent to battle the blaze.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, the Detwiler Fire had burned 74,083 acres, more than the 2015 Butte Fire that killed two residents and burned more than 500 homes in Calaveras County.

"We're doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area", Amy Head, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said. The power supply for Yosemite Valley in the national park is also threatened as the transmission lines are in the direct path of the fast-moving blaze.

CAL FIRE says 50 homes have been destroyed and 11 damaged.

About 56 kilometres southwest of the park, Mariposa's charming main street has covered sidewalks and historic wood and brick buildings that now house antique shops, restaurants, pizza parlours and art galleries, offering a taste of the Gold Rush days.

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"That fire that is burning close to Lake McClure near the town of Mariposa California and we sent an engine with four of our personnel to assist with that task force", Holman said. The cause remained under investigation.

Dewey, 64, said people in their 30s have opened several new businesses and wine bars, attracting lots of young tourists. It is now 15 percent contained, up from 10 percent on Thursday, as the Chronicle reports, and in total 58 homes have been destroyed in addition to 60 outbuildings.

"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.

California's Governor declared an emergency Tuesday as wildfires put hundreds of homes at risk.

"Except for (Wednesday), this fire doubled in size every day", Tim Chavez, a state fire official said during the community meeting.

Record rain and snowfall in the mountains this winter ended California's five-year drought. But that has increased the challenge for crews battling flames feeding on dense vegetation.