Wildfire in Mariposa County destroys structure, evacuations ordered

Courtesy Phonexay Keobandith

UPDATE: Monday, July 17, 2017 6:00 p.m.: The Detwiler fire is now burning 11,000 acres, has destroyed one building and damaged another.

UPDATE: Monday, July 17, 2017 4:45 p.m.: According to the Mariposa Sheriff's Dept.:

State Route Hwy 49N is closed from Pendola Gardens to State Route Hwy 132 in Coulterville

Immediate mandatory evacuations for Bear Valley Community.

Mandatory evacuations for Pendola Gardens to Old Toll

UPDATE: Monday, July 17, 2017 1:00 p.m.

People in Mariposa County are being forced out of their homes by a large brush fire.

The fire is burning northeast of Merced near Lake McClure.

To give you an idea how fast the fire is growing, Cal Fire says the fire was only around 100 acres at 5:00 p.m. Sunday and has since grown to nearly 11 square miles.

One structure has been destroyed and another has been damaged.

UPDATE: The Detwiler Fire has now burned more than 2,500 acres, and firefighters are still trying to gain control.

Updated Road Closures:

  • Hunter Valley Access Rd.
  • Hunter Valley Rd and N Detwiler Rd.
  • Bear Valley Rd at Mount Gains
  • Hwy 49 North
  • Pendola Garden Rd
  • Highway 49 at Fremont Fort
  • Detwiler Rd
  • Cotton Creek Rd.

A wildfire has now burned 300 acres and evacuations have been ordered for homes along Hunters Valley and Detwiler Road in Mariposa County, CalFire says.

Fire officials say the first started around 4:00 p.m. and quickly spread.


  • Detwiler Rd- ALL Homes
  • Hunters Valley Rd- All Homes
  • Red Cross Evacuation Shelter- McCay Hall

Road Closures:

  • Hunters Valley Rd at Bear Valley Rd
  • Hunters Valley Access Rd & Bear Valley Rd
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