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Update On Detwiler Fire Wednesday 6 PM

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters continued to strengthen containment lines on the Detwiler Fire today, while also dealing with slop-overs outside the lines and hot spots in the interior.

The fire is now estimated at 81,250 acres with 70 percent containment.

A 3-acre slop-over was reported in the Mt. Gaines area just after 1 p.m. this afternoon. Firefighters had a hose lay around it and the fire contained within the hour.

Most of the fireline work is still happening on the northeast perimeter, as firefighters deal with the steep terrain in the Dogtown area.

Temperatures are expected to approach triple digits by the weekend.

Today PG&E began demobilizing their base camp at the fire and releasing some out-of-area crews. Tuesday night they restored electric service to the remaining customers who could be restored.

At 11 a.m., evacuation orders were lifted for residents only in these areas, but they remain under an advisory to be prepared:

  • Dogtown Road from Wagner to Holtzel Road
  • Ernst Road – Including all side roads
  • Wagner Road – Including all side roads
  • Schilling Road – Including all side roads
  • Holtzel Road – Including all side roads
  • Briceburg Area- River Road from Briceburg to North Fork Falls, including all Briceburg area campgrounds.

All other evacuation orders remain in effect, including:

  • Texas Hill Road
  • Dogtown Road east of Holtzel
  • Old Yosemite Road
  • Bull Creek Road.

Road Closures in the Area:

  • Dogtown Road – Closed at Wampum Hill Trailer Village
  • Texas Hill Road – Closed at Dogtown
  • Old Yosemite / Bull Creek Road

At 5 p.m., evacuation orders were lifted for residents only on Dogtown Road from Holtzel to Wampum Hill.

There are currently 4,279 personnel assigned to the incident including 343 engines, 60 water tenders, 105 hand crews, 47 dozers, 19 helicopters and air tankers as available.

If you have been impacted by the Detwiler Fire please, visit: or call (209) 966-2000 for more information on services available to you.

American Red Cross workers are conducting client casework and distributing cleaning supplies for residents impacted by the Detwiler Fire. Red Cross caseworkers are available Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Motherlode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora, and on Thursday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa.

Residents seeking assistance are asked to bring proof of residency. It is not mandatory, but it will help speed up the process.

For more information, contact the Red Cross public information line at 559-343-2549.

The Red Cross plays a critical role in helping families and communities get back on their feet in the weeks and months after a disaster. Trained Red Cross caseworkers connect one-on-one with people to help them navigate what often can be a confusing, complicated and time-consuming world of disaster recovery.

Red Cross emergency response vehicles are distributing meals and snacks, clean-up kits (mop, broom, gloves, disinfectant, tarps, and sifters) to residents who have returned to their homes to assess damage and begin the recovery phase.

You can help people affected by disasters like California Wildfires and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text “RED CROSS” to 91999 to make a $10 donation to your local Red Cross region.

Learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer or sign up today at In order to expedite your volunteer registration for this disaster response effort, select the Detwiler Fire opportunity when prompted in the application process. Email the local Red Cross Volunteer Services team at for more information.

For a detailed list of all the evacuations and road closures as of Tuesday, July 25, and not included in the list above, click here.

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

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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

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