After seven days, Detwiler Fire is now at 40% containment

Many smaller roads outside the downtown area of Mariposa remained closed Saturday evening.
Many smaller roads outside the downtown area of Mariposa remained closed Saturday evening. Sierra Star

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.

Evacuation orders have been lifted from:

Old Highway from Hwy 49 South to Totokon Rd and all side roads

Old Highway from Guadalupe Fire Rd to Highway 140 (Catheys Valley) - Guadalupe Fire Rd will remain under an evacuation order

Bear Valley Rd

Hunters Valley Rd

Hunters Valley Mt. Access Rd

Detwiler Rd

Cotton Creek Rd

All other evacuation orders remain in effect, with the following roads remaining closed in the above evacuation lifted areas.

All side roads on Highway 140 – Closed with the exception of Elizabeth Lane and Trower Roads

Old Highway - Closed from Totokon to Guadalupe Fire Rd and all side roads in between

Highway 49N - Closed from the top of Bagby Grade to Oakridge Rd (Coulterville)

In a Saturday morning update from Cal Fire, the Detwiler Fire grew overnight by only 200 acres, to 75,200 with 30% containment.

Some 4,645, down from yesterday’s 4,900, personnel are at work to gain complete containment of the fire. There are 14 helicopters, 501 fire engines and 88 dozers working to get complete control of the fire.

The fire has destroyed 63 homes, damaged 13, and 1,500 structures still remain threatened.

Safety Message

Fire officials and the sheriff’s department reminds the public to stay vigilant on current fire conditions, and to continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings.

If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact PG&E immediately. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoking, should be considered hazardous.

Drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area.

As you re-enter your property and evaluate damage, be aware that hazardous conditions may exist, particularly if a residence or out-building has burned. Hazards may include asbestos, heavy metals, by-products of plastic combustion and various other chemicals.

PG&E Safety Notice

“As power is restored and communities are repopulated we want customers to know we are here to help,” said PG&E spokesperson Katie Allen. “We have additional employees in areas damaged by fire to respond and support repopulation. Please call us with any questions or concerns regarding electric service at (800) 743-5000.

Utilize the following tips to keep you and your family safe when returning home:

If there are electrical wires on the ground stay clear and immediately contact PG&E.

If the electricity is off, make sure all appliances are off.

If there is no damage to the building and the meter you may turn on the circuit breaker. Look at the electric meter. If there is any visible damage DO NOT attempt to turn the breaker on.

Ensure generators are installed safely by a qualified professional and notify PG&E. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid injuring someone or damaging your generator or appliances. Never plug a generator directly into any electric outlets.

Drive slowly. Watch for emergency and utility vehicles in the area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Staff Report