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Hunters Valley family loses decades-old home to Detwiler Fire

Hunters Valley family loses decades-old home to Detwiler Fire

Cal Fire announces a fire, named the North Fire, started at 6:10 p.m. on July 15, 2017. The terrain into which this fire has been moving is steep, which has added to the challenge of battling it, and it is now just at seven percent containment, as local station ABC 30 reports.

The fire has scorched 45,724 acres since Sunday afternoon, destroying 8 homes and damaging another. The fire closed one of several roads into the park during its busy summer season, and rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the haze, Gediman said. "You get the winds and the density of the grass, the fire just goes".

Twenty-nine structures destroyed, thousands more threatened, and thousands of residents have been evacuated as this fire rages on.

So far nearly a dozen homes have been destroyed, but hundreds in the area are still threatened. Smoke from the fire in Mariposa County drifted more than 150 miles away to Reno.The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

Mariposa resident Noel Morrison has been evacuating people and pets for friends and family since evacuation orders came down Tuesday.

In Lake County, the Murphy fire has burned 33 1/2 acres and was 75 percent contained as of 9 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

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"I really can't answer that", said Calfire Capt. Steve Kaufmann, a public information officer assigned to the wildfire. Two days ago, resources were being stretched thin when the fire was smaller, Sierra News reported.

About 1,400 firefighters are working to put out the flames.

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) provide federal funding for up to 75% of eligible firefighting costs. They are clearly a resilient group who live in Mariposa County, but still not completely unafraid.

The park's main source of power comes from a 70,000-volt transmission line, which is not in the fire's path, Boyles said.

"Most were up at the park for the day and realized they couldn't come back down", said Charlotte Allen of Miner's Inn.