Detwiler Fire Continues to Grow in Mariposa County, Prompts State’s Emergency Response

MARIPOSA COUNTY (AP) — A wildfire burning in central California has grown, threatening several hundred structures. Firefighters are battling the Detwiler Fire near Lake McClure, a reservoir about 50 miles east of Modesto.

The fire has scorched 25,000 acres since Sunday afternoon. It is just 5 percent contained.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday declared an emergency, bolstering the state's resources to battle the fire that he said has forced thousands of residents to flee and is expected to continue burning.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire is being fueled by hot weather, heavy brush and tall grass.

Officials have ordered evacuations for an unknown number of homes. The fire has destroyed one structure and damaged another.

Yosemite remains open to visitors, but flames threaten more than 1,500 structures in mountain communities southwest of the park, clearing out the small town of Mariposa.

Eight structures have been destroyed.

Evacuation orders are in place for the city of Mariposa, Mount Bullion Ridge Road from HWY 49N to CYA Road; Old Toll Road between Corbett Creek Road and HWY 49N, including Corbert Creek Road.; Mount Gains Road to No.9 Road including No.9 Road; Mount Bullion Cut off Road and Agua Fria Road from HWY 49N to HWY 140; HWY 49N to Baxby Bridge to Agua Fria Road; Area known as Mount Bullion; HWY 49N from Mount Bullion Ridge Road to Old Toll Road; Pendola Garden Road from HWY 49N to Old Toll Road (Exit via Old Toll Road only)

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No one has been reported injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.