Detwiler Fire Now 30 Percent Contained

Yosemite under threat as wildfire engulfs northern California (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

As of now, the fire remains at 7 percent containment, and continues to threaten almost 5,000 structures, while it has already destroyed 8.

More than 3,000 firemen, working in temperatures of 90 to 96 Fahrenheit (32 to 36 Celsius), were battling the fire, which has charred 70,596 acres, Cal Fire said.

On Friday, multiple evacuation orders and road closures were lifted, including the main town area of Mariposa, with businesses and residents excited to return to their lives.

Yosemite National Park is still open, spokesman Scott Gediman said on Wednesday, but the fire closed one of several roads into the park.

Mariposa's 2,000 residents were told to leave town on Tuesday after its power and water links were damaged.

"We saw a video that showed the blaze coming from two different directions at one time, and it just looked like a fire storm", she said.


"The place is like a ghost town", Dewey said. The Detwiler Fire perimeter Friday also appeared to be about 10 miles from the nearest edge of the 400-square-mile 2013 Rim Fire burn scar.

A Selma firefighter was thrown from a pumper after the apparatus hit a tree stump during the Detwiler Fire in Northern California.

"The imminent threat to Mariposa is over, but fire crews are maintaining the line to control the threat", he said.

The Detwiler Fire, which started Sunday near Lake McClure, has destroyed 61 homes and burned more than 75,000 acres in Mariposa County west of Yosemite, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Holiman says the firefighters will work to protect structures that are in the fire's path. Highway 140 coming from Merced through Mariposa is shut down because of the wildfire, but Highways 41 and 120 remain open. But that has increased the challenge for crews battling flames feeding on dense vegetation.

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