Evacuees return to Mariposa after evacuation order lifted


Some Detwiler Fire evacuees are making their way back home Friday after the evacuation order over Mariposa has been lifted.

The lift was announced by Cal Fire around 11 a.m. Friday. It comes three days after everyone in the mountain town were told to pick up what they could and leave because the fire was getting too close for comfort.

Jim Tucker and his wife got back to their home around 1 p.m. The couple stayed with in-laws nearby when they were evacuated on Tuesday.

In the back of their car, you could still see some of the valuables they packed. Several photo albums were in a box, along with other priceless memories like trophies.

The Tuckers’ home was safe the whole time. The main worry for he and his family was for his daughter’s home, which was closer to the fire.

“We went through that psychological space of, ‘What happened? Is her place ok,’” Tucker said.

Thankfully, her home didn’t end up like the dozens of others that were destroyed by the fire.

Tucker said now that his family is home, all of their attention is focused on those who will have to rebuild.

“I don’t want to gloat or seem like I’m gloating,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those people who lost what they did lose.”

As soon as Pete Huffman heard the news the evacuation order was lifted, he and his family packed up and rushed out of the shelter they stayed at in Oakhurst.

Unfortunately, though, the road they live on was still blocked off by law enforcement. Huffman is happy to at least be in-town, but there’s still a lot of unknowns he would like to figure out.

“I have cattle that needs to be fed. It’s been four days, I’m sure they’re hungry,” Huffman said. “I want to see if our house is still standing.”

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