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Town of Mariposa evacuated as Detwiler Fire rages on

Raging into its fifth day, the Detwiler fire near Yosemite on Friday has forced the evacuation of the entire town of Mariposa, a Gold Rush-gem where residents are coming to grips with a blaze that has now destroyed nearly 60 homes with is threatening another 1,500 structures.
The fire had burned 74,083 acres by early Friday morning and it’s only 15 percent contained.

Named for Detwiler Road in a region two miles east of Lake McClure, the fire has taken out 58 residences, 60 minor structures and damaged 11 homes and another six minor structures. Firefighters worked through the night establishing and reinforcing containment lines. Much of the fire is steep and rugged with areas difficult to access, according to Cal Fire.
As damage assessment crews completed about 80 percent of their survey of damaged and destroyed buildings, firefighters were bracing for the worst to come, with the weather expected to be hot and dry with winds out of the west-northwest.
“The fire continues to challenge firefighters in drought stricken chaparral and in an area of severe tree mortality,” Cal Fire said in a statement. “Power lines supplying power to Yosemite National Park continue to be threatened. We ask for the public to heed all evacuation orders and warnings.”
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A total of 3,834 people are using 478 engines, along with helicopters and airtankers, are trying to contain the fire.The blaze is being battled by members of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, CAL OES, Red Cross, PG&E, CHP, Mariposa County Public Works, CALTRANS, Bureau of Land Management, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa County Fire, California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
A Community Meeting will be held Friday evening in Merced at the Merced Theatre on West Main Street.
Here are some message and images local residents, news outlets and fire crews have put out on social media:

Air Attack pilot on scanner: “We’ll get a line around these structures and hopefully do some good for folks” #DetwilerFire #superheroes 😭
— Elle Bergantz (@ElleBergantz) July 19, 2017

Detwiler fire! Be safe!
— Robert D Barnett (@Firefighterdale) July 19, 2017

Some owners spray painted animals as #DetwilerFire got close. Planned to let them go & hope for the best. Luckily they got out in time!
— Veronica Miracle (@VeronicaABC30) July 19, 2017

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