Although the Detwiler Fire that burned more than 81,000 acres in Mariposa County is nearing 100 percent containment, the 5,000 or so residents who were evacuated at one point still are putting their lives together.
Mariposa County residents gathered at the Merced Theatre on Thursday were told fire crews battling the Detwiler Fire used an “almost unprecedented amount” of airborne resources in the first few days of the blaze, officials said.
As the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County rages on, San Joaquin Valley residents are looking for any way to help evacuees and emergency responders. But, relief organizations such as the Red Cross recommend say the best way to help is allowing volunteers do the work they were trained to do.
After hundreds of firefighters from around the state packed the pavilion at the Merced County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning, Calfire officials couldn’t say whether the town of Mariposa would be spared or damaged in the Detwiler fire.