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Update: Acreage and Containment Grows Slightly On Detwiler Fire

Update at 6:57 p.m.: The Detwiler Fire has reached 85 percent containment and the acreage grew by 176 to 81,826 acres. Firefighters continue mop up operations to ensure hot spots are contained within the fire perimeter, according to CAL Fire.

Original post at 6:30 a.m.: Mariposa County, CA — There is an increase in the containment of the Detwiler Fire.

The fire’s size is holding steady at 81,650 and the containment has grown from 75 to 80 percent.  CAL Fire has announced that the Mother Lode Fairgrounds evacuation shelter will be closing today at Noon. The American Red Cross of Central California will be in the Greeley Hill area today distributing clean-up materials to residents affected by the blaze from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until supplies last.

Firefighters have made good progress building and reinforcing containment lines in very hot and dry conditions coupled with steep and rugged terrain, which is making some work very challenging, according to CAL Fire. Mariposa Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuation advisories for Northern Mariposa County on Friday. The following areas remain under advisories: Dogtown Road between Texas Hill to Bull Creek roads; Texas Hill, Bondurant Mine, and Bull Creek roads. Should a new evacuation order be implemented, officials note that the following travel routes should be used: For Texas Hill and Bondurant Mine roads, exit using Dogtown to Coulterville or Holtzel to Greeley Hill Road.

The number of resources battling the blaze continues to decline. There remain 3,293 firefighters assigned to the incident, 232 engines, 87 crews, 11 helicopters, 21 dozers and 40 water tenders. 63 homes have been destroyed, 67 outbuildings and one commercial building. In addition, damage has been reported to 13 additional homes and eight outbuildings.

CAL Fire expects to have full containment on August 5.