Mariposa, CA — The Hunters Fire in Mariposa County has now grown from 900 acres to 1,300 acres and remains 20% contained. Nearly 500 firefighters are now on scene, which is near the southeast shore of Lake McClure. The injuries have also grown to three, but there are no details on what type of injuries.
However, the mandatory evacuation orders have not grown. They remain the same and included the Hunters Valley area of Mariposa County, including Hunters Valley Road, Hunters Valley Access Road and Detwiler Road.
The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the McKay Hall on Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. A domestic animal shelter is also at the site.
The fire started at around 3:30pm on Monday. One structure was destroyed and 100 nearby homes are in danger.
Currently there are 39 engines assigned, 13 total crews, six air tankers, four helicopters, seven dozers and six water tenders. Nearly 500 firefighters are on scene. Agencies that are assisting CAL Fire include the CHP, CDCR, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Mariposa County Fire, US Forest Service, BLM and dozens of local fire agencies.
Firefighters have been dealing with steep terrain and the drier than normal conditions fueling the fire.
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