MARIPOSA — A wildfire ripping through California’s Gold Country grew by more than 24,000 acres overnight as thousands of evacuees remained in emergency shelters uncertain if their homes were destroyed. More than 3,000 firefighters battling the Detwiler Fire just west of Yosemite National Park have only reached 10 percent containment on the blaze that started Sunday and spread to 70,096 acres by Thursday morning. The fire has destroyed at least 45 structures, many of them homes, and is threatening more than 1,500 residences, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Mariposa, the southernmost town in the Gold Country region, a collection of old saloons and bygone buildings that now peddle mostly ice cream and local wine to tourists, stood nearly empty Thursday as thousands of locals were forced to flee. Flames from the fast-moving fire were tearing across a grassy ridgeline just above the 1850s-era community, burning homes as it charred thousands of acres of foothills to the north and leaving residents and visitors anxious about the fate of historical town. The past few weeks have brought hot, dry weather to the Sierra, often in the triple digits, which has combined with erratic winds in recent days to fuel the Detwiler Fire. While a wet winter left hills and valleys much moister than normal this year, once they dried out, a bumper crop of grass and brush emerged as easy prey for fire, particularly at lower, hotter spots like Mariposa. Tens of millions of trees have died because of the recent drought and a bark beetle infestation in the central and southern Sierra, a die-off that authorities fear only intensifies fire.
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