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More Evacuations Ordered As Detwiler Fire Grows To 2,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — As resources continue to arrive at the Detwiler Fire, burning near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, evacuations and road closures have expanded.

The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. this afternoon, and has grown quickly to an estimated 2,000 acres, with 0 percent containment.

Evacuations include all homes on:

  • Detwiler Road
  • Hunters Valley Road
  • Hunters Valley Access Road
  • Bear Valley Road to from Hunters Valley Access Road to Highway 49
  • Highway 49 from Pendola Gardens to Fremont Fork (Monument at the top of the Bagby Grade)
  • Cotton Creek Road

Law enforcement has recently reported they will implement a hard closure on Bear Valley Road at Highway 49, through to Cotton Creek.

Road closures include:

  • Hunters Valley Road at Bear Valley Road
  • Hunters Valley Access Road at Bear Valley Road
  • Bear Valley Road at Hunters Valley Road
  • Bear Valley Road at Hunters Valley Access Road
  • Cotton Creek Road at Bear Valley Road

Detwiler fire – photo by Jesse Hogan Taylor

Fire is now established on the south side of Hunters Valley Road, and on the east side of Hunters Valley Access Road.

Fire officials are ordering resources for tomorrow morning, including four air tankers and eight helicopters.

At 8:10 p.m., reports came in of one structure fully involved, and others threatened.

Sheriff’s deputies are responding to requests from those evacuated to get help evacuating their animals.

The Red Cross Shelter and Small Animal Shelter has been moved from the McCay Hall in Catheys Valley, to the Mariposa Elementary School at 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa.

Volunteers will be on hand to provide water, snacks, and comfort for evacuated residents while they wait for emergency information.

The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready go for any disaster including wildfires. Visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire to learn more.

The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community. The best way to help wildfire relief efforts is through a financial donation.

Visit redcross.org to make an online donation to your local chapter.

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