Detwiler Fire, Thursday, July 20, 2017, adds 25,000 acres overnight

 From 45,000 to 70,000 in another day of flames. Great reporting job by B.J. Hansen of My Mother Lode, and citizen reporters.

Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds owner and manager have been sheltering evacuated horses and other large animals fleeing the fast-moving fire.1.
 -- blj



My Mother Lode
Update: Size And Containment Grows On Detwiler Fire

B.J. Hansen, MML News Director
Update at 8:45am: There are 3,181 firefighters assigned to the Detwiler Fire this morning. CAL Fire reports the acreage (70,906) rose due to an increase in fire activity late yesterday afternoon. Overnight, fire crews continued their work to establish and reinforce containment lines. The fire area is seeing poor humidity recoveries at night allowing the fire to remain very active. The fire is burning in drought stricken chaparral and in an area of severe tree mortality. Damage assessment crews are on scene to evaluate and inspect the area.
Powerlines servicing Yosemite National Park also remain threatened, per CAL Fire.
Original story posted at 7:58am: Mariposa, CA — CAL Fire reports this morning that the Detwiler Fire is 70,906 acres and 10-percent contained.
45 structures have now been destroyed. An evacuation center remains open at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Fair CEO Ken Alstott reports that 69 people checked in at the shelter last night, and around 35-40 animals.
The evacuation advisories and orders, released yesterday, remain in effect.
Tuolumne County leaders continue to monitor the situation, to lend support to Mariposa County leaders, and prepare for the possibility of the fire moving into Tuolumne County.
The below information has been released by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office:
An evacuation advisory has been issued for the area south of Highway 120 to the county line, between Smith Station Road and the Town of Moccasin.
An evacuation advisory means there is a potential for evacuation and residents should start preparing for evacuation.
An evacuation warning has been issued for the areas of Jackass Creek Road, Jackass Ridge, Cuneo Road and Priest Coulterville Road. An Evacuation Warning means that an evacuation is imminent and if you have special needs or livestock you should consider leaving the area. If you need assistance leaving your home please contact the Sheriff’s Office.
If you choose to leave the area please take a northern route to Hwy 120.
Written by BJ Hansen.
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(1) Morgan Voorhis. Sierra Star, July 20, 2917, A safe spot for larger animals during the Detwiler Fire.