Mariposa County fire grows in size


UPDATE 7/19/2017 7:30 p.m.: The Detwiler Fire is burning 48,000 acres, 7% contained. Over 3,100 firefighters working the scene.

The wildfire in Mariposa County is spreading fast, and firefighters say they are having a hard time slowing it down.

Air attack planes Tuesday night were trying to stop the fire's progress. The Detwiler fire grew to 45,724 acres overnight, and is 7% contained, according to fire officials.

Reinforcements are now being called in to help get the fire under control, bringing the number of firefighters working to more than 2200.

The fire is burning in the hills northwest and northeast of Mariposa. Firefighters are having to battle it on two fronts.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the town of Mariposa Tuesday morning. 8 structures have been destroyed by the fire so far, and over 1000 homes are threatened.

Families in the area can use the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office text alert system to get information quickly. To sign up, text your zip code to 888-777.

Thousands of homes are without power after PG&E shut it down to keep the area safe for firefighters. The company says that because of probable damage to power lines, homes may stay dark even after the grids turn back on.

Also, the Catheys Valley, Mariposa and Midpines Post Offices have been temporarily closed due to wildfires.

Until further notice, customers can pick up their mail at the Merced Bell Station Post Office, located at 415 W. 18th St., Merced between 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

These locations are closed Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to Merced Bell Station, retail services are available at these locations:

Full Retail

  • Merced Post Office, 2334 M St., Merced
  • Atwater Post Office, 1599 Broadway Ave., Atwater
  • Planada Post Office, 9249 E. Broadway St., Planada

Also, the Coulterville Post Office has been temporarily closed due to wildfires.

Until further notice, customers can pick up their mail at Big Oak Flat Post Office, located at 17850 Highway 120, Big Oak Flat from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

In addition to Big Oak Flat, retail services are available at these locations:

  • Groveland Post Office, 18737 Back St., Groveland
  • Tuolumne Post Office, 18758 Carter St., Tuolumne

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