Detwiler Wildfire Community Meeting in Mariposa on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Detwiler Wildfire Community Meeting in Mariposa on Saturday, July 22, 2017

A CAL FIRE spokesperson said that by Thursday the fuel shortage had been resolved.

Evacuation orders were lifted for the town of Mariposa due to decreased fire activity. Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSONJOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images A firefighter sprays down flames as the Detwiler fire rages on near the town of Mariposa, California on July 18, 2017.

More than 3,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has forced nearly 5,000 people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities. As of early Friday, it was just 15 percent contained.

About 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains fled their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire approached.

The blaze came within 35 miles (56 kilometers) of Yosemite, where campgrounds were open, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

Only fire trucks and other emergency vehicles travelled Thursday on Highway 140, the main road to Yosemite National Park and the town's main street.

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"It's being planned and will be done as soon as areas are deemed safe", said Batallion Chief Jeremy Rahn, a Cal Fire public information officer.

Yosemite National Park remained open.

"Except for (Wednesday), this fire doubled in size every day", Tim Chavez, a state fire official said during the community meeting.

Yosemite's website cautioned visitors Friday to expect smoky conditions, with "poor air quality and limited visibility".

"We would like to extend our honest gratitude to Cal Fire and all of the other agencies who have been working to suppress the Detwiler Fire", said Chip Jenkins, acting park superintendent. "We are always proud to work with Cal Fire and all of our sister agencies to help support our gateway communities".

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