Update at 7:05 p.m.: The Detwiler Fire has grown in acreage and containment.
CAL Fire reports on Wednesday the acreage increased by a 1,000 acres for a total of 81,250 and the containment also hit 70 percent. The fire behavior remained minimal within the fire perimeter. Firefighters conducted mop-up operations to increase containment lines, which will continue throughout the evening. CAL Fire indicates that steep and rugged terrain has made access difficult in some areas, but firefighters are making good progress.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Mariposa Sheriff’s Office lifted the mandatory evacuation orders in the area of Dogtown Road from Holtzel to Wampum Hill. These areas will remain under advisory. A Detwiler Fire community meeting was also announced for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Greeley Hill Community Club located at 10332 Fiske Road in Greeley Hill. (All other lifted evacuations and fire details can be viewed below.)
Update at 5:45 p.m.: More mandatory evacuations orders have be lifted in the Detwiler Fire. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has released these latest details on the evacuations and road closures:
Evacuation orders for the following areas will be lifted for residents only at 5 p.m.:
Dogtown Road from Holtzel to Wampum Hill
These areas will remain under advisory. All other evacuation orders remain in effect for the areas of Texas Hill Road; Dogtown Road east of Wampum Hill; Old Yosemite Road, Bull Creek Road.
Road closures in the area are: Dogtown Road at Wampum Hill Trailer Village; Texas Hill Road at Dogtown Road; Old Yosemite / Bull Creek Road.
Update at 2:01pm: The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office indicates a Detwiler Fire community meeting is now scheduled for this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Greeley Hill Community Club.
The address of that venue is 10332 Fiske Road in Greeley Hill. The event was rescheduled from earlier in the week when a flare-up within the fire required concentrated efforts. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4, the Mariposa County Sherriff’s Office and additional cooperating agencies will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions.
Update at 1:27pm: During today’s Detwiler Fire response efforts CAL OES released a graphic depicting California’s Mutual Aid system at work.
The info-graphic (viewable in the image box slideshow) illustrates one element of Mutual Aid; firefighting assistance reflected in the number and origin of fire engines onsite.
Of 342 engines assigned to the incident this morning, CAL OES indicates that while more than half are affiliated with the local Mariposa County government, over a quarter are from CAL Fire — and the remaining balance (17 percent in this case) is being provided through the auspices of CAL OES, in tandem with federal and other state agencies.
Mountain View Fire Department further demonstrates the spirit of Mutual Aid support in an image caught by a personnel member of crew members (also shared in our image box slideshow), who made sure during their Detwiler Fire assistance efforts to look out for the needs of some thirsty local horses.
Update at 11:30am: The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has lifted Detwiler Fire-related evacuation orders for a few more areas.
These are Dogtown Road from Wagner to Holtzel Road; Ernst Road, including all side roads; Wagner Road, including all side roads; Schilling Road, including all side roads; Holtzel Road, including all side roads; also the Briceburg area between River Road from Briceburg and North Fork Falls, including all Briceburg area campgrounds.
Officials say these areas remain under an evacuation advisory and folks need to remain aware that fire crews and heavy fire-fighting equipment are working on direct fire lines in these areas so please drive with caution.
All other evacuation orders remain in effect. This includes Texas Hill Road, Dogtown Road east of Holtzel Road, and Old Yosemite/Bull Creek Road. Road closures include Dogtown Road at Holzel Road; Texas Hill Road at Dogtown Road, and Old Yosemite/Bull Creek Road.
Original Post at 7:50am: Mariposa, CA — The acreage on the Detwiler Fire has inched up to 80,250 and it is holding at 65-percent containment.
The number of firefighters assigned to the incident this morning has declined to 4,914. There are 343 engines, 114 crews, 19 helicopters, 52 dozers and 61 water tenders.
Remaining Evacuation Orders – Mariposa County
All of Schilling Rd all feeder roads Dogtown Rd. from Wagner Rd. to Bowers Cave All of Texas Hill Rd Greeley Hill Rd. from Lower Dogtown Rd. (Coulterville) to Dogtown Rd. near Bowers Cave and all side roads to the South Bull Creek Rd from Greeley Hill Rd to the Merced River Old Yosemite Rd to the Five Corners intersection River Rd. from Briceburg to North Fork Falls
Evacuation shelters remain open at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora and at the MES Shelter at 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa.
The Detwiler Fire Started on Sunday, July 16th just before 4PM, no cause has been determined yet.