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Detwiler Fire grows slightly overnight

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The Detwiler Fire is winding down with Cal Fire reporting that as of 7 a.m., July 26, acreage reached 80,250. Containment remains at 65%.

Fire personnel dropped to 4,467, and 1,500 structures remain under threat. Since the start of the fire Sunday, July 16, 63 homes have been destroyed, 13 damaged, one commercial structure destroyed, 67 minor structures destroyed, with eight damaged.

The American Red Cross will be at the Detwiler Fire Local Assistance Center at Mariposa County High School on Tuesday, offering assistance on everything from food assistance to replacing DMV documents. Click here for details.

Mariposa Heritage House, a recovery support center, is also aiding in repopulation efforts. The center welcomes food and monetary donations by calling (209) 966-7770 or by visiting www.mariposaheritagehouse.org.

Monday, three people from out of the area were arrested in Yaqui Gulch for allegedly looting in evacuated areas. They were contacted with needles and a methamphetamine pipe, as well as stolen firefighting equipment in their vehicle, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company reported more than 95% of people who lost power during the blaze - some 11,000 customers were affected at its peak - have had their electricity turned back on. As of Wednesday, little more than 100 were still without power.

Most evacuation orders were lifted in previous days, though some still remain in effect, largely to the north near Coulterville and Greeley Hill. Click here for the full list.

Higher humidity during the evening hours helped aid firefighting efforts, Cal Fire said.

Further information on the Detwiler Fire can be obtained by calling 1-844-MMU-FIRE (668-3473).

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Its expected containment date is Aug. 5, though Cal Fire spokespeople said cleanup efforts will likely last well beyond that date.

Cal Fire information officers said the estimated cost of fighting the fire, so far, was $45.2 million, with a projected final cost of $60 million.

Staff report

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