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What Does Air Attack Do Over A Wildfire?

CENTRAL SIERRA – With the ominous threat of the Detwiler Fire, attention to wildland firefighting has been heightened for many residents in the foothills and mountain area. We all see the engines, dozers, water tenders and crews rolling in to fight these fires, but perhaps the most spectacular sight from any vantage point the public may have is the work ...

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Crews Respond To Two Vegetation Fires In Madera County

O’NEALS — Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in O’Neals up behind the Ponderosa Telephone Company this morning. Just before 8:30 a.m., reports came in of a fire off Road 200 near Lilly Mine Way. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about five acres, burning in open grass land with a moderate rate of spread. Nine engines, ...

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Detwiler Fire Nearly Doubles, Now Over 45,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters worked throughout the night to slow the progress of the Detwiler Fire, now estimated at 45,724 acres with just 7 percent containment. More than 10,000 people are currently without power, and thousands have been evacuated. Firefighters are focusing their efforts on protecting the town of Mariposa. The fire has jumped the Merced River near the Bagby ...

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Why Isn’t This Monstrous Plane Fighting Fires?

MARIPOSA — With fire officials struggling for enough resources to adequately fight the Detwiler Fire now threatening Mariposa, one may wonder why there aren’t more VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) available to knock this thing down. On July 17, CBSNews posted the following story about a massive firefighting aircraft  — a converted Boeing 747 jet, nicknamed the SuperTanker — and ...

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Community Meeting In Mariposa Tonight On Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY —  There will be a community meeting on the Detwiler Fire at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the Mariposa County High School Auditorium, 5074 Old Highway N in Mariposa. The meeting will be hosted by Cal Fire Incident Management Team 4, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, and additional cooperating agencies on the Detwiler Fire. Representatives from ...

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Detwiler Fire Pushing West, Also Threatening Mt. Bullion Camp

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire was reported at 15,500 acres this morning, however it has been pushing south and west all morning, and is now threatening Hornitos and Catheys Valley. Evacuations and road closures have been expanded (see list below). Activity on the fire started early today, with reports coming in about 8 a.m. that it was “hitting pretty ...

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Detwiler Fire Over 15,000 Acres, Community Meeting Planned

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire has now charred an estimated 15,500 acres in Mariposa County, and is just 5 percent contained. The fire continued to grow yesterday as a result of wind and heat, ample fuel, and steep terrain. The communities of Hunters Valley, Bear Valley and Hornitos continue to be threatened as the fire encroaches on culturally and ...

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Detwiler Fire Grows To 11,000 Acres, More Evacuations Ordered

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire near Lake McClure has now grown to 11,000 acres, with no report of containment. Firefighters have dealt with high temperature and gusting winds, along with difficult access in some areas. Crews are now fighting a 200-acre spot fire across the east side of Highway 49, near the community of Bear Valley. It has been ...

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Man Arrested With Drugs And Weapons At Fire Closure

MARIPOSA COUNTY — CHP officers were sidetracked from their duties assisting with road closures at the Detwiler Fire today when someone pulled up to a road block with drugs and a loaded gun. CHP Mariposa posted this on their Facebook page after the incident. “I do not recommend coming to a law enforcement operated road closure with large amounts of ...

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Evacuations Expand As Detwiler Fire Grows, Resources Stretched Thin

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters and officials on the Detwiler Fire faced dense smoke, intense heat, windy conditions and limited resources as they fought to stop the forward progress of this fire, and hold it within containment lines. The Detwiler Fire, burning near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, is now estimated at 11,000 acres with no report of containment. The fire ...

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