In Mariposa County, California, the Detwiler Fire has grown explosively. Between July 18 and 20, it nearly tripled in size. Latest updates from Cal Fire have the fire over 70,000 acres with only 10% containment. It has destroyed 45 structures and damaged 6. Parts of nearby Yosemite National Park periodically lost power. The cause is still under investigation.
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 20, 2017
The wet winter was both a blessing and a curse. Vegetation was able to blossom and grow for months, before a marathon heat wave in June dryed it all out. Now, the brush is fueling these fires at alarming rates. The town of Mariposa was evacuated with flames coming within miles of downtown.
— San Rafael Fire (@SRFD) July 19, 2017
The amount of smoke being spewed into the atmosphere is also causing problems. A Dense Smoke Advisory has been issued along the California/Nevada border. Limited visibility and poor air quality will be noticeably poor.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos