Mariposa Fire: Photos & Videos of Detwiler Fire Damage

Mariposa Fire: Photos & Videos of Detwiler Fire Damage

A growing wildfire in the USA state of California has forced thousands of residents of the small town of Mariposa to evacuate.

The Detwiler fire in Mariposa surged from 2,500 to 7,100 acres overnight, the Mariposa County Fire Department reported.

A firefighter sprays down flames as the Detwiler fire rages on near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017. High temperatures then dried the grass and shrubbery, leading to dry conditions suitable for fires.

Crews continued to battled the out-of-control wildfire that has already destroyed eight structures.

With the fire making a hard run at Highway 49 near Schilling Road, fire officials are requesting an evacuation advisory for Coulterville.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon about two miles east of Lake McClure and spread rapidly. The park itself has issued no warning for visitors, but the fire is threatening power lines that supply Yosemite, state fire officials said. Gov.

In the midst of the fire, someone wrote an uplifting message thanking firefighters for trying to save homes.

Initial road closures were set in place on Canyon Road at Highway 273, Canyon Road at China Gulch Road, Happy Valley Road at Canyon Road and Happy Valley Road at White Oak Avenue.

Smoke pouring from the Detwiler Fire has drifted as far northeast as Idaho, according to satellite photos from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

The fire has cost more than $5.2 million to fight.

'I haven't seen these conditions in a long time, it's a wind-driven, slope-driven, fuel-driven fire, ' Jerry Fernandez with Cal Fire told an ABC affiliate in Fresno. 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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