Fire in Mariposa County grows to over 100 square miles

Building destroyed by fire (FOX26)

UPDATE: 70,596 acres have now burned in the Detwiler Fire. It is 10% contained and has destroyed 50 'single family residences' and damaged 11.
49 'other minor structures' have burned and 5 have been damaged. just over 3.700 personnel are on the scene fighting the fire.

UPDATE: More evacuations ordered.

The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation order for River Road from Briceburg to Northfork Falls Thursday afternoon.

Those affected by the evacuation are advised to use the Red Cross shelter at Sierra Vista Presbyterian at 39369 Hwy 1 in Oakhurst.


The Cal Fire Incident Management Team is holding a community meeting Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Merced Theatre, located at 301 W Main Street in Merced.

Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. Please arrive early as the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.


The fire in Mariposa County has grown to nearly 70,000 acres.

The fast moving Detwiler fire is only 10% contained. 45 buildings have been destroyed and 1500 are still in danger.

Over 3000 firefighters are trying to stop the flames from spreading even more.

Mariposa County Sheriff's Office says this is the first time in 30 years that the town of Mariposa had to be evacuated. The town of Coulterville was also evacuated on Wednesday.

The Merced Horsemen's Association has taken in over 50 animals because of the evacuations. Animals are also being housed at locations in Mariposa and Merced Counties.

Governor Brown issued a state of emergency in Mariposa County due to the fire.

Multiple communities have been ordered to evacuate and shelters have been set up to assist those in need.

Central California Red Cross Shelters:

  • EV Free Church, 50443 High School Road, Oakhurst
  • Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy 41, Oakhurst
  • Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Hwy 49, Oakhurst
  • Cesar Chavez Junior High, 161 S. Plainsburg, Planada
  • Groveland Community Hall, 18720 Hwy 120, Groveland

Volunteers are on hand at each location to provide lodging, meals, health services, comfort, and more for hundreds of affected residents.

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