Growth of the massive Detwiler Fire has slowed, allowing fire officials to lift some evacuation orders and giving once-threatened areas of Mariposa County a chance to return to normal.
Containment lines have been extended around 40 percent of the 76,000-acre blaze as of Sunday. Fire officials said the blaze grew by just 500 acres overnight. But Cal Fire officials warned that it could take another two weeks before crews will have the fire completely under control.
A community meeting is scheduled for Monday night at the Greeley Hill Community Club, 10332 Fiske Road. Area residents will be briefed on the fire situation and have a chance to question fire officials.
Hot spots are still burning, while some spots within the burn area were never touched by flames. Isolano, on loan from the Clovis Fire Department to assist Cal Fire, said wind shifts may have spared those areas from the blaze.
Still, Cal Fire fears hot weather could worsen fire conditions. Triple digit heat lowers the humidity and dries vegetation, making it burn easier, according to Cal Fire.