Evacuation order due to Detwiler Fire lifted for town of Mariposa

The Detwiler Fire approaches the Mariposa Tuesday

The Detwiler Fire approaches the Mariposa Tuesday

As of Friday morning at daybreak, the fire had charred 74,083 acres and was just 15 percent contained.

Mariposa's 2,000 residents were told to leave town on Tuesday after its power and water links were damaged.

Crawford, 56, said there have been wildfires near her community in Mariposa County.

It appears the Detwiler Fire is further nearing its conclusion. Perimeter maps showed it was very close to doing so. The fire is only 10 percent contained; the cause is under investigation. Broadcast news agencies reported the firefighter was airlifted to a hospital. The blazes in California's Sierra Nevada foothills threatens thousands of homes and historic buildings, including an 1854 wooden courthouse at Mariposa, a Gold Rush-era hamlet. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for the county.

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At the Friday meaning briefing, Cal Fire officials encouraged firefighters to help those returning home and be sensitive to their situation and needs.

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4, the Mariposa County Sherriff's Office and additional cooperating agencies on the Detwiler Fire will be hosting a community meeting in Mariposa.

More than 3,800 fire personnel have been assigned to the fire.

Firefighters in the Coulterville area and elsewhere on the blaze can expect more dry heat this weekend, with highs around 98 Saturday and 100 Sunday.

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Forty Israelis, two USA tourists and a British student have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. It was for the first time in the past 50 years that Israel closed the compound, which is Islam's third holiest site.

The fire came within a kilometre of Mariposa but crews have been able to keep it out of the town by dropping red retardant on the flames burning on nearby slopes and using bulldozers and hand crews to build fire brakes, said Cal Fire spokesperson Jason Motta.

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

Yosemite National Park remained open.

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