The fire has forced to evacuate more than 5,000 people, and at least 45 houses have already been burned. Just 10 percent of the fire has been extinguished, so the governor of the state of California declared a state of emergency last Tuesday for Mariposa County, the town most affected by the flames.
Forest fires in California have caused the evacuation of 5,000 people, as reported by the state Fire Department, which has warned that at least 45 homes have been wrapped in flames in an area near Yosemite National Park .
The Fire Protection Department, also known as Cal Fire, has indicated that the Detwiler fire, which has mainly affected the town of Mariposa, has only been extinguished by 10 percent.
“We do everything we can to protect the locality and all the communities in the area,” said Cal Fire spokeswoman Amy Head. “We still have a lot of work ahead to end the flames,” he added.
Mariposa is located about 80 miles from Yosemite National Park in northern California. Governor Jerry Brow on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County, where more than 3,000 firefighters are working to end the fire, which has devastated some 28,000 hectares, officials said.
Likewise, Cal Fire has announced that six other homes are severely damaged and the park remains open. The causes of the fire are still unknown. The Detwiler fire, named after one of the roads near the place where it originated, has threatened some 1,500 buildings.