The Ferguson Fire has reached 4,000 acres with just 2 percent containment and caused one fatality as it forced more than 50 people from their homes near El Portal, according to Cal Fire and the National Forest Service.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency on Thursday following recent storms that damaged roads and bridges. Flooding and road damage have also been a problem in Mariposa County.
There are some reports of localized flooding in Merced County as a storm hangs over the central San Joaquin Valley, but the most significant weather phenomenon reported early Thursday caused a closure in the foothills.
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.