The rapidly growing wildfire in Mariposa County dubbed the Detwiler Fire, just west of Yosemite National Park and due east of Modesto, grew overnight to 15,500 acres, and is just five percent contained according to CalFire. The fire was sparked just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, and grew to 11,000 acres by Monday, as the LA Times reported, quickly advancing on hundreds of homes in the areas of Detwiler Road, Hunters Valley Road, and Cotton Creek Road, just east of Lake McClure.
72-year-old Janet Kirkland, who lives on Hunters Valley Road, evacuated in a hurry Sunday with her two dogs, and tells the LAT, "This is the worst one we’ve had in 30 years. I’ve had ’em burn right up to my driveway, but nothing like this."
As the Chronicle reports, 780 firefighters are currently battling the blaze, with more likely to arrive. According to officials, the fire is getting dangerously close to electrical lines that supply power to Yosemite and its facilities. Also, smoke from the fire has reportedly been creeping into the park.
Only one structure has been destroyed in the Detwiler Fire so far according to CalFire's report, but 300 more structures are currently threatened.
A community meeting is being held tonight at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Mariposa County High School at 5074 Old Hwy N in order to discuss the evacuation and the progress of the fire.
The Fresno Bee reports that the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office called all units back to the main parts of the city of Mariposa just before noon Tuesday, which suggests they may be preparing for evacuations in parts of the city proper.