MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters continue to make good progress on the Detwiler Fire, aided by higher humidity recovery overnight.
Crews were able to stop the spread of what is now reported as a nearly 500-acre breakout from late yesterday afternoon. The slop-over was held within the secondary containment lines.
The fire is still estimated at 78,900 acres, now with 65 percent containment. The area of uncompleted line remains in the northeast corner between Coulterville and Briceburg.
There are currently 5,128 personnel assigned to the incident including 483 engines, 65 water tenders, 116 hand crews, 88 dozers, 20 helicopters and air tankers as available.
Highway 49 North is now open with traffic control in place from one mile north of Bear Valley Road to Highway 132.
Residents of most evacuated areas have been allowed to return home. For a complete list of evacuations and road closures, click here.
Evacuation orders remain in place for:
- All of Schilling Road and all feeder roads
- Dogtown Road from Greeley Hill Road to Bowers Cave
- All of Texas Hill Road
- Greeley Hill Road from Dogtown Road (Coulterville) to Dogtown Road near Bowers Cave and all side roads to the south
- Bull Creek Road from Greeley Hill Road to the Merced River
The fire will continue to threaten structures and impact roads and infrastructure across the area.
We will update as conditions change throughout the day.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
For all the stories on the Detwiler Fire, click here.
For detailed maps of the incident, click here.