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Detwiler Fire Pushes North And East Above Merced River

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Though residents in the town of Mariposa were allowed to return home today, the Detwiler Fire is by no means over. Active fire behavior continues to challenge firefighters on the north end of the county as it moves through steep, dangerous terrain, and still poses a major threat to the communities of Coulterville, Dogtown and Greeley Hill. (see ...

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Injured Detwiler Firefighter Identified, Listed In Stable Condition

MARIPOSA COUNTY — There are dangers involved in firefighting that have nothing to do with the flames, as was evidenced this morning when a crash involving a fire engine on the Detwiler Fire resulted in one firefighter being airlifted to the hospital. ABC30 has identified the injured firefighter as Captain Jeremy Owens of Selma, who was ejected from his engine ...

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Update On Lifting Of Evacuation Order For Mariposa

MARIPOSA COUNTY — With evacuations lifted for the town of Mariposa, residents need to be aware of restrictions and details of closures. The following areas are open: Highway 140 from 49 South to Old Highway North Highway 49 North from Highway 140 to Lemee Lane The following roads are open with no restrictions: Highway 49 South Highway 140 East of ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Mariposa, Residents Allowed To Return Home

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Fire officials have announced that Mariposa residents are being allowed to return to their homes. Evacuation orders for the town of Mariposa have been lifted on Friday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Highway 49 South is open with no restrictions. Highway 140 East of Mariposa is open to Yosemite. Highway 49 north to Coulterville is still closed, ...

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Fire Engine Accident At Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — This morning a fire engine operating near the Mount Bullion area on the Detwiler Incident was involved in an accident. At this time, the type and extent of injuries is currently being evaluated. The firefighter was airlifted from the scene. Since this a developing incident, and all facts are not yet known, Cal Fire asks that members ...

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Rate Of Growth Slowing On The Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire has now grown to 74,083 acres, about 4,000 acres larger than yesterday morning’s estimate. It is 15 percent contained. Despite firefighters’ best efforts, 58 homes have been lost, along with 1 commercial structure and 60 minor structures. 11 residences have suffered damages and 6 minor structures have been damaged. There are currently 3,834 personnel ...

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Rural Fire Fee Suspended As Part Of Cap-And-Trade Deal

CALIFORNIA — The “Rural Fire Fee” that property owners in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of California have been paying for the last six years is now a thing of the past. At least for now. The controversial fire prevention fee was part of the 2011-2012 state budget meant to raise some $84 million to offset costs to the California ...

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Detwiler Fire Destroys 50 Homes, Damages 11 Others

MARIPOSA COUNTY — As the Detwiler Fire heads into its fifth day of creating chaos and destruction in Mariposa County, evacuees can only wait and wonder. The fire has now charred 70,596 acres and has destroyed 50 single-family homes in its wake, damaging 11 others. 49 “minor” structures have been destroyed and 5 damaged. No commercial buildings have been lost. ...

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Smoke Affecting Air Quality As Temps Head For Triple Digits

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — Smoke from the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County is expected to affect air quality in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley and the foothills throughout the weekend. High pressure will be building over the region this weekend with lighter winds and deteriorating dispersion conditions, and temperatures are forecast to reach about 106 degrees by Sunday Under ...

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Community Meeting Tonight In Merced On Detwiler Fire

MERCED — Cal Fire Incident Management Team 4, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and additional cooperating agencies on the Detwiler Fire will be hosting a community meeting tonight in Merced. Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. Please arrive early as the meeting will start promptly at 7 p.m. The ...

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