MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire, now over 45,000 acres, is making a run toward Coulterville and Greeley Hill.
The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has just issued an evacuation order for the following areas:
- Greeley Hill Road from Dogtown Road in Coulterville to Dogtown Road near Bowers Cave in Greeley Hill
- All roads between Greeley Hill Road and Texas Hill Road
Red Cross Shelter Evacuation and small animal shelter is located at the Groveland Community Center at 18720 8th Street in Groveland.
Power lines down on Highway 49 near the Bagby Bridge are presenting even more danger to firefighters racing to the Coulterville area.
Back in Mariposa, Jordan Motta, Cal Fire spokesperson, says over 5,000 homes are threatened, and their major issue is spot fires. Wind-driven embers fly out ahead of the fire, landing in receptive fuels and creating new fires.
Motta says there have been requests for substantial additional resources, including strike teams of engines, dozers and crews.
Fire will generally die down a bit overnight as temperatures drop and humidities rise, giving firefighters a chance to get out ahead. However, this fire grew substantially overnight, demonstrating fire behavior many haven’t seen in many years.
Humidity this morning was reported at just 14 percent, and with temps rising toward 100 degrees and afternoon winds, conditions will present firefighters with yet another hard day on the lines.