Evacuations canceled for North Fire in Happy Valley - currently, six acres burned

20 July, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Evacuations canceled for North Fire in Happy Valley — currently, six acres burned

The Detwiler Fire burning in the rugged mountains of Mariposa County outside of Yosemite National Park has scorched 45,724 acres and is 7 percent contained.

As of Tuesday evening, the fire had scorched almost 20,000 acres of forest and was just 5 percent contained.

'Fire activity continued to grow throughout the night due to ample fuel, and steep terrain, ' the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

The Mariposa Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders for Coulterville and the surrounding area before noon Wednesday.

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“We wanted to make it easy for them to get in and out of the city, simply and safely, ” says Public Works Director Ken Elwin.

Tankers dropping fire retardant in Catheys Valley during the Detwiler Fire.

The blaze, which started July 8 in the Lake Cachuma area, destroyed 30 outbuildings and 16 homes, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire closed one of several roads into the park during its busy summer season, and rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the haze, Gediman said. The fire jumped over Highway 140 on Tuesday, causing it to close nearly nine miles east of the Merced/Mariposa County lines.

“We are offering any and all the assistance we can, ” says Merced Fire Chief Michael Wilkinson.

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Crews from throughout the Sacramento region headed to help battle the flames early Tuesday morning, including teams from Sacramento Fire, Metro Fire, Galt Fire, Cosumnes Fire and Roseville Fire departments.

Firefighters were experiencing "extreme and aggressive fire behavior", Cal Fire said.

It has burned thousands of acres in central California and could cut power to Yosemite National Park. 140 from Hornitos Road to Hwy.

Evacuations had been called for in the Baker Creek subdivision in Redwood Valley Sunday evening, with an evacuation advisory for those above the valley, north of Redwood Valley.

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