Detwiler Fire: Evacuation Advisories Lifted; 81,826 Acres Burned

MARIPOSA COUNTY (AP) — Evacuation orders and advisories for a wildfire in Mariposa County have been lifted as firefighters keep up containment efforts.

Firefighters are battling the Detwiler Fire near Lake McClure, a reservoir about 50 miles east of Modesto.

The fire has scorched 81,826 acres since July 16, destroying 63 homes, 67 minor structures and a commercial structure. Thirty structures are currently threatened.

The fire is 85 percent contained and is expected to be fully contained August 5.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of 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 said the fire has been fueled by hot weather, heavy brush and tall grass. At least 3,293 firefighters are working against hot temperatures and rough terrain.

Evacuation orders were lifted due to decreased fire activity. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30, evacuation advisories were also lifted and residents along with business owners were allowed to return to the area.

Evacuation shelters have been set up at EV Free Church, 50443 School Road, Oakhurst (small animals welcome); Sierra Vista Presbyterian, 39696 HWY 41, Oakhurst (small animals welcome); Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49, Oakhurst; MES Shelter, Red Cross, 5044 Jones St., Mariposa; Cesar Chavez Middle School, 161 Plainsburg Road, Planada (small animals welcome) and the Sonora Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate, Sonora (small animals welcome).

Small animals can also be taken to the Oakhurst Community Center at 39800 Fresno Flats Rd., Oakhurst.

Large animals can be taken to the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds at 44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane or the Coarsegold Horsemen Association at 499 Nevada St., Merced.

No one has been reported injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.