Detwiler Fire forces evacuations in Coulterville

Fire crews work to protect the small Mariposa County town of Coulterville from the Detwiler Fire. 
“When the sheriff came to my place he said get out,” says Mike Kambeitz. 
The small town is the latest community to be threatened by the fire. 
“This fire is out of control it is going in so many different directions from what I am hearing,” he says.  
The Mariposa County community was evacuated after flames started quickly moving in. 
Mike Kambeitz stayed behind to help his animals.
“I said I am not leaving without my sheep, until I get them loaded then I will leave.”
The blaze destroyed dozens of buildings since it sparked Sunday. 
We came across a once livable structure totally leveled just south of Coulterville off Highway 49.
Fire officials say the increased humidity and lower temperatures helped raise containment numbers Wednesday night. 
“We are hoping to see those containment numbers climb in the coming days,” says Jordan Motta from Cal Fire.  
Along side the 3100 fire personnel are hundreds of PG&E crews.
“As the fire progressed we lost a transmission line that serves this area all the way to Yosemite National Park,” says Denny Boyle from PG&E. 
A new base camp set up near Mariposa continues to grow.
The lights are already back on for thousands of customers in Mariposa and Yosemite, now they are working to restore all of the power. 
“there is tons of fuel and is burnable,” says Kambeitz. 
Kambeitz  says some are worried, but he and other Coulterville residents are optimistic the firefighters will protect their homes. 
“They got it under control, this is what they do for a living.”

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