Detwiler Fire causes decline in air quality

Geneva Matthews
July 23, 2017

More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, however firefighters allowed residents in Mariposa, a historic Gold Rush-era town, to return to their residences Friday, saying the town was no longer in danger. The 12-acre fire near Auburn did not damage any homes.

Cal Fire Incident Management Team 4, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office, and additional cooperating agencies on the Detwiler Fire will be hosting a community meeting in Mariposa tonight, July 22, at 7 the Mariposa County High School Auditorium, 5074 Old Highway N in Mariposa.

Mariposa At least 58 homes have been destroyed in wildfires close to Yosemite National Park. While the Mariposa evacuations were lifted, the town of Coulterville is still under a mandatory evacuation order.

The fire was threatening about 1,500 homes and other buildings, after already destroying 45 structures in the outskirts of Mariposa.

Cal Fire command staff on the Detwiler Fire said again Friday the cause of the massive conflagration remained under investigation.

The fire was 15 per cent contained.

Dewey, 64, said that in recent years, about 30 new shops and wine bars have opened, attracting lots of young tourists but the fire has emptied the place.

Firefighters continue to battle against the Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California.

Rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face.

Officials say the park does not appear to be in the fire's path. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on July 18 due to the evacuations and damage to electrical and water infrastructure, the Los Angeles Times reported. But the dense vegetation that has sprouted from the rains has increased the challenge for fire crews.

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