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Firefighters Gaining Ground On The Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters had a very productive day on the Detwiler Fire, though high temperatures and steep terrain presented challenges on the active northeast section.

The fire is now estimated at 75,500 acres and is 40 percent contained.

The number of single-family residences destroyed has been adjusted to 63, with 13 damaged. One commercial structures has been lost. 67 minor structures have been destroyed, and 8 damaged.

Most of the active fire behavior was on the north and east edges of the fire today, with heavy dozer work in the North Fork of the Merced River area. There were reports of a dozer roll-over incident, but we have no further details.

There are currently 4,645 personnel assigned to the incident including 501 engines, 65 water tenders, 92 hand crews, 88 dozers, 20 helicopters and air tankers as available.

At 1:30 p.m. today, evacuations were lifted for more areas of Mariposa County. Click here for details.

At about 2:30 p.m., crews began doing inspections in the Guadalupe area, checking driveways and looking for downed trees and power lines or any hazards, preparing for re-population.

Air resources hit hot spots and flare-ups throughout the day, including in the Mt. Bullion and Catheys Valley areas.

Just before 4 p.m., a “significant flare-up” was reported at Highway 49 and Ophir Road, and resources were immediately sent in to handle it. Report back was that it was all black, no fire in the area.

An additional Fire Camp has been set up to support operations on the northern branches of the fire.

At about 4:45, the Sheriff’s Office issued more details of the closures and evacuations. Click here for details.

As always, be aware that fire is unpredictable and conditions can change at any time.

We will update as new information becomes available.

For the latest detailed maps of the fire, click here.

Below are the latest perimeter maps. We will update to the new ones after tonight’s fly-over.

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