Detwiler Fire Forces Mass Evacuations In Mariposa

A fire in Mendocino County has grown to 900 acres causing evacuations in the Baker Creek Subdivision according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of a Northern California town as a wildfire continued to burn out of control - growing to more than 25,000 acres.

Fire officials say a wildfire burning in central California that is threatening 300 hundred structures and power lines that supply electricity to Yosemite National Park. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County due to the effects of the fire, which is 7 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. The Public Works Department devised truck routes through town for CalFire so firefighters could get up to the fire with the least disruptions to traffic and people.

The fire raced down the mountain side in Mariposa on Tuesday, fueled by strong winds and hot, dry conditions.

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Cal Fire posted a fact sheet on Twitter informing residents about the latest updates on the fire, evacuations, road closures and conditions.

On July 5, firefighters extinguished a small fire off Buckeye Road. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for unsafe fire conditions throughout California. California has suffered widespread fires in recent days, with a lightning strike near Yosemite National Park sparking a blaze that destroyed more than 10 square miles of forest. The fire is threatening 1,500 buildings. We also know that FEMA is authorizing the use of federal funds to help the state with this fire.

Shelters were set up in schools, churches, and community centers for people and animals. It is just 49 percent contained after destroying 16 homes.

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Farther west, firefighting efforts in Saratoga were hampered Monday night by an unexpected drone sighting, said Ryan Cronin, chief fire investigator for Santa Clara County Fire Department.

The trailer fire was initially found by the California Highway Patrol at 2:47 p.m., reporting "lots of smoke".

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