Environment & Science

Crews stop spread of huge California wildfire near Yosemite

An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
Flames approach a home as the Detwiler Fire burns through brush on July 19, 2017 in Mariposa, California.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
A gas line continued to burn at a home that was destroyed by the Detwiler Fire on July 19, 2017 in Mariposa, California.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
Evacuees who declined to give their names react to their situation while camping at a Red Cross evacuation center in Oakhurst, California on July 19, 2017.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
A helicopter carries water to a drop point over the Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California on July 19, 2017.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
A post continues to burn after the Detwiler Fire burned through on July 19, 2017 in Mariposa, California.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
A burned-out car sits next to a home that was destroyed by the Detwiler Fire on July 19, 2017 in Mariposa, California.
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The fire has forced thousands of people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities, officials said.
A roadside memorial stands next to an area burned by the Detwiler Fire on July 19, 2017 in Mariposa, California.
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Crews have stopped the growth of a huge wildfire that has destroyed dozens of homes in a rural area of California near Yosemite National Park.

Firefighters still battling the Detwiler Fire, which swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills, were contending with triple-digit temperatures Sunday.

The fire burning for a week has scorched just over 118 square miles of dense brush and dead trees and continues to threaten about 1,500 homes — but its spread has slowed drastically. Many Mariposa County residents were allowed to return to their homes Saturday.

While the fire's progress has been largely stopped, officials say it could take another two weeks to fully surround it.

The smoke has blurred the scenic vistas of Yosemite National Park, about 35 miles west of the fire.

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