Wildfire in mariposa county forces evacuations

MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. - A wildfire sweeping through Mariposa County is growing by the second. It has forced many families to evacuate their homes.

The Detwiler Fire started a little before 4 p.m. on Sunday near Detwiler Road and Hunters Valley Road in Mariposa County. The fire is two miles east of  Lake McClure.

As of 11:30 p.m., it has grown to 2,500 acres and crews haven't established a containment line around it yet.

The fire has caused a number of evacuation orders and road closures in that area. Here are the following roads with evacuations in place:

  • Hunters Valley Rd.
  • Detwiler Rd.
  • Cotton Creek Rd.
  • Hunter Valley Mountain Access Rd.
  • Bear Valley Rd., from Cotton Creek Rd., to Hwy 49N
  • Hwy 49N from Pendola Garden Rd., to the Fremont Fort

Here are the following road closures:

  • Bear Valley Rd., at Mt. Gains Rd.
  • Hwy 49N at Pendola Garden Rd.
  • Hwy 49N at the Fremont Fort
  • Detwiler Rd.
  • Cotton Creek Rd.
  • Hunters Valley Rd.
  • Hunter Valley Mountain Access Rd.

The Red Cross first set up an evacuation center at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley. However, after evaluating the needs of the evacuees, they have established an evacuation shelter at Mariposa Elementary School.

Janey Kirkland lives on Hunters Valley Rd., she went to the evacuation center after she was evacuated around 5 p.m. She's been evacuated before, but she hopes this fire is taken care of soon.

"My house isn't much, but it's all I have. I don't want to see it go," Kirkland said.

PG&E has de-energized power lines in the area as the fire raged on. According to them, 80 customers are affected.

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