As firefighters continue to bring the Detwiler Fire closer to its conclusion, with the blaze 50% contained by Monday morning, they join more than 6,100 across the state working to get 11 wildfires under control.
The American Red Cross will be at the Detwiler Fire Local Assistance Center in Mariposa on Tuesday, July 25, at the Mariposa County High School Gymnasium located at 5074 Old Highway N from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m..
On July 22, a Madera County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vessel on Bass Lake due to various violations of Harbor and Navigation codes. It was found the person was operating the equipment under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and negligent operations endangering life and limb of themselves and those on the lake. They were arrested and booked into Madera County Jail.
When the July 16 Ditwiler Fire roared through Hunter’s Valley, Cathys Valley, the Mt. Bullion area and towards the town of Mariposa, it destroyed hundreds of wooden power poles, electrical lines and transformers, leaving 11,000 customers without electricity.
In a 7 a.m., Sunday, July 23 Detwiler Fire update, more than 4,750 fire personnel are on scene, with the fire remaining at 40% containment. Total acreage burned is 76,000, with 1,500 structures threatened.
As mandatory evacuation orders began to lift, Red Cross emergency shelters in Oakhurst thinned out over the weekend. Many evacuees returned to Mariposa, either to homes for those living in town, or to a temporary Red Cross shelter set up at the Mariposa Elementary School.
Video posted to Facebook by Sierra Star reporter Mark Evan Smith shows a helicopter dropping a load of water on a spreading grass fire near Sierra Pines Church off Highway 49 near Oakhurst, Calif. June 29, 2017. The fire burned 5.1 acres and was 60 percent contained by late afternoon Thursday.
Mark Evan SmithThe Sierra Star
Dramatic video shows a helicopter snuffing out portions of a wildfire near Oakhurst