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Cal Fire: Mariposa residents' return home 'being planned'

23 July 2017

More than 3,000 firefighters are battling the Detwiler Fire that has forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed at least 99 structures.

Cal Fire command staff said the Detwiler blaze has so far destroyed 58 residences, 60 minor structures, damaged 11 residences and six minor structures. While the Mariposa evacuations were lifted, the town of Coulterville is still under a mandatory evacuation order.

The fire came within 50 miles of Yosemite on Friday, but was not growing toward the park, Cal Fire's Isolano said.

"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. But the fire closed one of the main roads into the park, and smoke and ash have been seen all around the park's big sights, including Half Dome, this week. "This fire has really devastated the area".

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The critical difference between the two disasters is that the Rough Fire (2015) burned in steep forested terrain; the Detwiler Fire (2017) is burning in the lower elevation foothills, threatening thousands of homes, ranch buildings, and livestock. It is 10 percent contained. The town sits 35 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park in what was once Gold Rush country along Highway 49.

Yosemite does not appear at risk from the fire, which was moving south, away from the park, Motta said.

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 that has increased the challenge for crews battling flames feeding on dense vegetation.

Cal Fire: Mariposa residents' return home 'being planned'