THE PERFECT STORM

Detwiler Fire devastates area; is one of largest ever in County

Steve and Bobbi Valdez survey the ruins that used to be their home just a few minutes after coming back to the property which was destroyed by the Detwiler Fire. The couple says they will rebuild. Below are some precious items which Bobbi had dug out of the ruins in just a few minutes.It was the talk for a long […]

Out of the ashes, a local couple stays positive following tragedy



 Bobbi Valdez came walking out of the scorched ruins of her home carrying a piggy bank. Though it was difficult, she had a smile on her face and said it was in her curio cabinet and once belonged to her grandmother. Her husband, Steve Valdez, was sifting through what was once his shop area where a classic motorcycle he owned […]

PG&E crews work around the clock to restore power



A PG&E crew works to restore power along Highway 49 North in Mariposa County.Some have called them the unsung heroes of the Detwiler Fire. In many ways, that is the case. Crews from Pacific Gas & Electric have performed almost a Herculean effort in restoring power to many customers in Mariposa County. At one point when the fire broke out, […]

Barbara and Jack’s great adventure in Detwiler Fire



Jack Darragh sits on the patio of his home in Bear Valley last week, putting new batteries in a radio.Barbara Parker Darragh and her husband, Robert J. “Jack” Darragh, may have been the only civilians in Bear Valley last Thursday morning. The Detwiler Fire broke out on Sunday, July 16 not far from their home. “They attempted Sunday night,” said […]

Trio arrested, charged with stealing fire-related items



 Three people have been arrested and charged for allegedly stealing firefighting items in the Yaqui Gulch area. On July 23 at about 9 p.m., mutual aid law enforcement partnering with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to provide enhanced security relating to the Detwiler Fire, contacted three suspects during their active security patrols in the Yaqui Gulch area after the evacuation […]

Landscaping in fire country will be subject at workshop



On the heels of one of the largest fires in the history of Mariposa County, a workshop has been scheduled about landscaping in fire-prone areas. The Mariposa Master Gardeners will present the free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon in the board of supervisors chambers at 5100 Bullion Street. Michael Beaudoin from the Mariposa County Fire […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



July 17 – Mailbox tampering was reported on Darrah Road. • Vandalism was alleged on Watt Road. • A trailer was reported in the road on Ponderosa Way in Coulterville. • A welfare check on cattle was requested in Cathey’s Valley. • Littering was reported at Triangle Market. July 18 – A verbal dispute was reported on St. Andrews Road. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 3 - July 9

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 2• Auto Collisions – 1 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the County with 14 volunteer stations located throughout the County. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for fire, medical, and […]

It was no ‘Cakewalk,’ but Coulterville couple aided those battling the blaze



Shown are Jennifer Ladd-Zimmerman and Sam Zimmerman, owners of Cakewalk in Coulterville. Also shown is their daughter, Emmalynn. The couple helped feed emergency workers last week.You might say Jennifer Ladd-Zimmerman knew opening a business in Coulterville wasn’t going to be a “Cakewalk.” But in 2013, Jennifer and her husband, Sam, packed up from their Cape Cod, Mass., home and headed […]

Health expert urges caution in dealing with the smoky air




Even though the Detwiler Fire has begun to diminish in size and intensity, one local health expert is urging citizens of Mariposa County to play it safe. Dave Conway, Mariposa County Environmental health director, said people should reduce their exposure to smoke in the air as much as possible by staying indoors. “There will be smoke coming off the burned […]