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Rate Of Growth Slowing On The Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire has now grown to 74,083 acres, about 4,000 acres larger than yesterday morning’s estimate. It is 15 percent contained.

Despite firefighters’ best efforts, 58 homes have been lost, along with 1 commercial structure and 60 minor structures. 11 residences have suffered damages and 6 minor structures have been damaged.

There are currently 3,834 personnel assigned to the incident including 462 engines, 68 crews, 82 dozers, 56 water tenders, 13 helicopters and an unknown number of air tankers.

Yesterday, firefighters contended with more continued hot and dry conditions, with temperatures ranging from 90-95 degrees.

The fire is burning in drought stricken chaparral and in an area of severe tree mortality, and yesterday’s humidity was in the 16-21 percent range.

Damage assessment crews continue to evaluate and inspect the area, and residents still wait to learn when they will be allowed to return home.

We will update as the day goes on and new information comes in.

For the most recent maps of the fire area, click here.

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