Detwiler Fire, Thursday, July 20, 2017, adds 25,000 acres overnight

Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 From 45,000 to 70,000 in another day of flames. Great reporting job by B.J. Hansen of My Mother Lode, and citizen reporters.

Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds owner and manager have been sheltering evacuated horses and other large animals fleeing the fast-moving fire.1.

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7-20-17

My Mother Lode

Update: Size And Containment Grows On Detwiler Fire

B.J. Hansen, MML News Director

Update at 8:45am: There are 3,181 firefighters assigned to the Detwiler Fire this morning. CAL Fire reports the acreage (70,906) rose due to an increase in fire activity late yesterday afternoon. Overnight, fire crews continued their work to establish and reinforce containment lines. The fire area is seeing poor humidity recoveries at night allowing the fire to remain very active. The fire is burning in drought stricken chaparral and in an area of severe tree mortality. Damage assessment crews are on scene to evaluate and inspect the area.

Powerlines servicing Yosemite National Park also remain threatened, per CAL Fire.

Original story posted at 7:58am: Mariposa, CA — CAL Fire reports this morning that the Detwiler Fire is 70,906 acres and 10-percent contained.

45 structures have now been destroyed. An evacuation center remains open at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Fair CEO Ken Alstott reports that 69 people checked in at the shelter last night, and around 35-40 animals.

The evacuation advisories and orders, released yesterday, remain in effect.

Tuolumne County leaders continue to monitor the situation, to lend support to Mariposa County leaders, and prepare for the possibility of the fire moving into Tuolumne County.

The below information has been released by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office:

An evacuation advisory has been issued for the area south of Highway 120 to the county line, between Smith Station Road and the Town of Moccasin.

An evacuation advisory means there is a potential for evacuation and residents should start preparing for evacuation.

An evacuation warning has been issued for the areas of Jackass Creek Road, Jackass Ridge, Cuneo Road and Priest Coulterville Road. An Evacuation Warning means that an evacuation is imminent and if you have special needs or livestock you should consider leaving the area. If you need assistance leaving your home please contact the Sheriff’s Office.

If you choose to leave the area please take a northern route to Hwy 120.

Written by BJ Hansen.

If you see breaking news, traffic or weather contact us at the News Hotline at 532-6397. If you have a photo regarding this news story or any Mother Lode News Story please email news@clarkebroadcasting.com.

 

 

(1) Morgan Voorhis. Sierra Star, July 20, 2917, A safe spot for larger animals during the Detwiler Fire.

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Detwiler Fire, Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Doubles in size overnight

Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-19-17

Los Angeles Times

Mariposa County fire doubles in size as flames force thousands to flee and threaten power to Yosemite

The Detwiler fire is threatening 4,500 homes after doubling in size Tuesday night. 

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Detwiler Fire, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The big smudge in the southeast is the Detwiler Fire -- a big, spreading wildfire fueled by tall grasses and manzanita east of Lake McClure and now descending on the City of Mariposa, driving crowds of cabin and ranchette owners before it. Fire trucks from the Inland Empire are lined up along Yosemite Parkway.

The fire doubled in size, from 11,600 acres to 20,000 acres in 24 hours.

We hope for the safety of the firefighters, residents and wild and domestic animals caught in the path.

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Farm work is still dangerous

Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

4--12-17

The Agenda

Your farm is trying to kill you: Far from a bucolic idyll, farming in America is one of the most dangerous professions. And almost no one is trying to change that.

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The Muslim civil war

Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 This is an excellent article that begs this question: how humble to we need to become to learn what we need to know to survive our leaders?

If we stop for a second to imagine all the ways possible to dismiss this question, and ask where those voices come from and how you feel about them -- warm, cold, fearful, trusting? -- it helps us see how far down the road of endless war we have gone and what it is doing to us as a nation, a people, a society, a place we would want to live if we had a choice.

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"Teheran," by Robinson Jeffers

Submitted: Jul 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Teheran

Robinson Jeffers, 1948

 

The persons wane and fade, they fade out of meaning.

     Personal greatness

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Regulation and its absence

Submitted: Jul 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The dismal dialectic between government and business may be approaching the trough, even if it has not bottomed out yet. From this vantage point, the velocity of bribery having slowed from the sheer volume of the current bribes, something almost like a calm prevails. And in this calm it is possible to see why government regulates on behalf of the people and why business reacts and works to undermine and destroy every governmental regulation. Out of the latter motive comes such idiotic slogans as "The business of America is business," (Pres. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929), and all subsequent slogans in this vein, like the immortal chamber of commerce chesnut, "Government should be run like a business."

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A sensible lawsuit to reform the state Legislature

Submitted: Jul 03, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A federal lawsuit claims that our rights to representation are being violated because the size of the Legislature — 40 senators and 80 Assembly members — hasn’t changed since 1862 (and was made permanent by the 1879 Constitution ) even though the state’s population has grown from about 420,000 to nearly 40 million.

That means the number of Californians represented by each Assembly member has jumped from about 5,200 to nearly 500,000. And that dilutes the power of each vote and makes it nearly impossible for legislators to represent competing interests, according to the lawsuit.

 

 

 

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