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Firefighters Hold The Line On Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — As firefighters get closer to total containment on the Detwiler Fire, high temps and difficult access continue to challenge crews.

The fire is holding at 81,650 acres, now with 80 percent containment.

There are currently 3,346 personnel assigned to the incident including 237 engines, 44 water tenders, 89 hand crews, 22 dozers, 11 helicopters and air tankers as available.

Crews continue to hit hot spots inside the perimeter and work to tie in and strengthen firelines on the northeast corner.

As activity decreases, some crews are being demobilized and leaving the Incident Command Post in Merced to return to their home units.

At 11 a.m. today, all evacuation advisories were lifted for Northern Mariposa County with the following exceptions:

  • Dogtown Rd from Texas Hill Rd to Bull Creek Road
  • Texas Hill Road
  • Bondurant Mine Road
  • Bull Creek Road

Residents should remain prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice, as this fire is still active.

Should an evacuation order be implemented, the following travel routes should be utilized:

  • Texas Hill & Bondurant Mine Road – Exit using Dogtown to Coulterville or Holtzel to Greeley Hill Road.

There will be a free food waste disposal event on Saturday, July 29, at the Greeley Hill Market, 6486 Greeley Hill Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at Coulterville Waste Disposal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The American Red Cross of Central California will distribute clean-up materials for residents affected by the Detwiler Fire on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted, at the Greeley Hills Community Club, 10332 Fiske Road in Coulterville.

The evacuation center at the Sonora Fairgrounds will close at noon on Saturday, July 29.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For all the stories on the Detwiler Fire, click here.

For detailed maps of the entire fire area, click here.

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