Yuma Firefighters Head To California To Help With Detwiler Fire

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

More than 3,000 firefighters are battling the Detwiler Fire that has forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed at least 99 structures.

3,800 firefighters remain on the scene of the Detwiler Fire, which is the biggest of 17 significant wildfires now burning around the state. The 12-acre fire near Auburn did not damage any homes.

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.

Mariposa is 50 miles outside Yosemite National Park and largely dependent on tourism.

Fire officials have nearly completed a survey of structures affected by the fire, reporting that 61 residences and 63 "minor structures" have been destroyed and another 13 residences damaged.

"That fire that is burning close to Lake McClure near the town of Mariposa California and we sent an engine with four of our personnel to assist with that task force", Holman said.

Dewey, 64, said people in their 30s have opened several new businesses and wine bars, attracting lots of young tourists. The fire is only 10 percent contained; the cause is under investigation. Now, they stand empty as firefighters try to keep the flames away from the town of 2,000 residents.

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Firefighters continue to battle against the Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California.

"Even though the fire has grown in one area, there's containment in other areas and those are safe for the owners to go back", Cal Fire spokesman John Clingingsmith said.

About 4,000 people have been evacuated under a state of emergency issued by California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, including the entire city of Mariposa, a few miles west of the park, 440 km north to Los Angeles.

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

Isolano also says Highway 140 between Mariposa and Yosemite has been reopened. The park remained open to visitors on Thursday.

So far, Yosemite is not threatened by the fire, although smoke and ash filled the air of the park as shown in this timelapse video. But the dense vegetation that has sprouted from the rains has increased the challenge for fire crews.

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