Detwiler Fire almost doubles overnight to over 45700 acres, Coulterville evacuations ordered

Evacuations canceled for North Fire in Happy Valley — currently, six acres burned

As wildfires rage throughout the western USA, one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes.

The raging blaze that forced thousands from their homes in Mariposa yesterday has continued to spread its wrath, almost doubling in size overnight to more than 45,700 acres, Cal Fire reported Wednesday morning.

The fire raced down the mountain side in Mariposa on Tuesday, fueled by strong winds and hot, dry conditions.

"Structure protection was provided in the area of Summerhill Road, but there was no damage to any structures, and no injuries", East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said. Highway 49 is closed in portions north Mariposa and several evacuation orders are still in place as hundreds of crews continue to arrive from all over to state to help.

Mike Wright sits in a lawn chair at his home as flames from the Detwiler fire approach the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017.

Cal Fire said utility lines supplying power to the national park were also in the path of the flames. An evacuation center was set up at Mariposa Elementary School.

A stubborn wildfire burning in the rugged mountains outside Yosemite National Park has placed almost 1,500 structures under threat Wednesday.

The fire was officially labeled the "Detwiler Fire". "A lot of us have come from other incidents", said Jerry Fernandez with Cal-Fire.

According to the National Weather Service, the smoke from the fire can be seen as far away as Boise, Idaho. 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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