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Fires Continue to Blaze

There is no rest for the weary, as fires continue to pose threat throughout the state of California. As crews continue to work on current blazes as they ignite, it is reported that more than 6,100 firefighters are deployed battling significant wildfires throughout California.

Late last Tuesday evening, July 18, a vegetation fire covering 19 acres broke out in Knights Ferry. Located just north of Highway 108 and Willms Road, known as the Willms Fire, the blaze had residents concerned due to its proximity to businesses as well as the historic covered bridge.

Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit quickly responded and ensured containment preventing spread of the fire well before day break Wednesday.

Crews from assorted area firehouses including Stanislaus Consolidated Fire continue to work the lines of the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County. Reports from Cal Fire earlier this week list over 76,000 acres of grass and brush and 50 percent containment. Some evacuations, such as the order directed toward the town proper of Mariposa, have been lifted but other areas remain in the danger zone. The county remains under close watch as weather temperatures and winds contribute create significant challenges for fire personnel.

At last report 63 residences, 67 minor structures and a commercial structure have been destroyed. An additional 13 residences and eight minor structures have experienced damage (per Cal Fire Incident Info. July 24, 2017).