Update at 7 p.m.: Fire crews are making great strides in reaching full containment on the regions two remaining vegetation fires.
The Twist Fire burning near Jamestown has climbed to 90 percent containment with the acreage holding at 124. It ignited Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Twist Road and Algerine Road.
The Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County has reached 95 percent containment and the acreage remains at 81,826. As its flames dwindle and river flows normalize, the Bureau of Land Management reports that areas along the Merced River, including Briceburg Visitor Center, Cable Rock day-use area, and the McCabe Flat, Willow Placer, and Railroad Flat campgrounds, have reopen to the public.
The nearby Jacksonville Fire was contained Tuesday evening at 690 acres. CAL Fire investigators are still trying to determine what sparked all three of these fires.
Update at 2:45 p.m.: As the Detwiler Fire dwindles, areas along the Merced River reopen to the public.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports that with the blaze nearing containment and river flows normalize, the Briceburg Visitor Center, Cable Rock day-use area, and the McCabe Flat, Willow Placer, and Railroad Flat campgrounds have reopened to the public.
BLM official warn visitors that even though the flows on the Merced River have returned to normal, life jackets are essential, and the frigid waters can cause hypothermia, which can be deadly.
Original post at 9 a.m.: Jamestown, CA — Crews continue to make progress working to fully extinguish the Twist Fire near Jamestown.
It ignited Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Twist Road and Algerine Road. CAL Fire reports this morning that it is up to 85-percent containment and holding at 124 acres. What ignited the fire remains unknown.
The nearby Jacksonville Fire was contained yesterday at 690 acres.
Meanwhile the Detwiler Fire remains 90-percent contained this morning and 81,826 acres. At one point over 5,000 firefighters were assigned to the incident, but as of this morning, there are now 1,635 firefighters. Full containment is expected by this coming weekend.