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Mariposa, CA — According to CAL Fire Public Information Officer Kevin Colburn the Telegraph Fire has now burned 26,130 acres with containment listed at 10 percent.

12 residences have now been destroyed along with 27 outbuildings. The fire started Friday afternoon at 3:15 due to a target shooting incident.

Colburn says approximately 2,500 firefighters are on scene battling a fire that is burning heavy fuels in an area that has not suffered fire damage in 100 years.

According to CAL Fire´s Sunday afternoon update, there are 56 hand crews, 189 fire engines, 22 watertenders, 39 dozers, 12 helicopters and 12 air tankers involved in the firefighting effort.

Roads into Yosemite remain open at this time. Heavy smoke continues to inundate much of Mariposa and Tuolumne counties due to this fire.

This evening at seven o´clock CAL Fire, the Mariposa County Fire Department, the Mariposa County Sheriff´s Office and the C.H.P. will host a community meeting for all fire-area residents at the Mariposa High School Auditorium.

Fire area residents can find pertinent information regarding wildfires on Page 72 of the Sierra Phone Directory.

Written by Bill Johnson