California declares state of emergency over wildfire

California declares state of emergency over wildfire

At least one structure has been destroyed in the Detwiler Fire, while another one has been damaged.

The blaze is fueled by tall grass, wind and heat. Forward progress of the Lower Lake fire has been stopped, said Cal Fire Capt. Garrett White, and structures are no longer threatened.

Highway 49 North is closed from Pendola Gardens to Highway 132 in Coulterville, according to Caltrans.

The fire started near Lake McClure on Sunday afternoon and spread through Mariposa County. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for risky fire conditions throughout California.




Officials have ordered an evacuation order for an unknown number of homes.

A Red Cross Evacuation Shelter and Small Animal Shelter has been established at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones St., Mariposa. The park itself has issued no warning for visitors, but the fire is threatening power lines that supply Yosemite, state fire officials said. Gov. It was only about five percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire, and also posed a threat to several other small foothill communities. Fires have burned 4.4 million acres so far in 2017, compared with 2.7 million acres over the same period in 2016, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Dramatic videos and photos emerged from the scene as 2,200 fire personnel battled the volatile blaze.

Cal Fire - the official California fire protection agency - reported that the blaze had doubled overnight from July 18 to July 19. The fire jumped over Highway 140 on Tuesday, causing it to close nearly nine miles east of the Merced/Mariposa County lines.

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