As of 4 p.m. Friday, the Detwiler Fire had burned 74,083 acres, more than the 2015 Butte Fire that killed two residents and burned more than 500 homes in Calaveras County.
Smoke from the fire, which is burning in Mariposa County, has drifted into Yosemite during one of the busiest periods of the year, causing hazy skies and partially obstructing the view of Half Dome and other attractions, Richards said.
Mariposa At least 58 homes have been destroyed in wildfires close to Yosemite National Park. Thousands of people in several other nearby foothill communities remain under evacuation orders as firefighters battle the ongoing blaze.
Officials say 1,500 structures are still under threat from the fire.
More than 3,800 fire personnel have been assigned to the fire.
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Officials are investigating an injury accident involving a fire engine.
"We saw the fire come over the ridge on the north side of Mariposa and it crested the ridge just at sundown", when it was cooling down, Motta said, adding the lower temperatures helped fire crews stop the wildfire's progress.
"The place is like a ghost town", Dewey said. Highway 140 east of Mariposa to Yosemite National Park was reopened.
The Detwiler Fire, which started Sunday near Lake McClure, has destroyed 61 homes and burned more than 75,000 acres in Mariposa County west of Yosemite, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
A Selma firefighter was thrown from a pumper after the apparatus hit a tree stump during the Detwiler Fire in Northern California.
Yosemite does not appear at risk from the fire, which was moving south, away from the park.