Detwiler Fire was blaze for the record books in variety of ways

CAL FIRE chief praises efforts of firefighters and community

Chief Nancy KoerperichNancy Koerperich was in Chico on the evening of Sunday, July 16. She wouldn’t be there for long. Koerperich is the chief of the Madera-Mariposa-Merced CAL FIRE unit. Her newly-appointed deputy chief, Bernie Quinn, was on duty when the Detwiler Fire ignited from someone firing gunshots in the area which is at Hunters Valley and Detwiler roads. It […]

Reward offered for info about who started fire

A reward is being offered to anyone who has information leading to the cause of the Detwiler Fire. According to CAL FIRE officials, the fire was started by the discharge of firearms on public lands in the Hunters Valley area. The specific circumstances surrounding the cause remain under investigation, CAL FIRE officials said. Anyone with information regarding the person or […]

‘Shelter in place’ worked for JC Fremont Hospital

Crews from all across the state — including Beverly Hills — came to Mariposa County to battle the Detwiler Fire. This engine and crew was used to protect John C. Fremont Hospital. In the background, the fire is shown burning on the hills near Mariposa.Anyone who specializes in preparing for disasters will tell you one thing: They hope a disaster […]

Emergency ordinance addresses fire recovery

In response to the Detwiler Fire, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance on Tuesday to help people arrange temporary housing. One of the main focuses of the emergency ordinance is allowing recreational vehicles to be easily permitted to be either on property where a house was destroyed or damaged or on another parcel of a friend […]

Boosters hoping to recover stolen items

Back in June, the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Boosters Club had its storage shed broken into. The club’s canopy, crock pot, large ice chest and meat slicer were among some of the items taken. “With football right around the corner these items are necessary so we can continue to provide you with our amazing tri-tip sandwiches,” the boosters wrote […]

Mariposa resident has been involved with County fair for almost 60 years

Patricia Walliser is shown in her Mariposa apartment. Walliser has been involved with the County Fair for decades.According to Patricia Walliser, when many people think of Mariposa, the first thing that comes to mind is the fair. Walliser, 93, has been involved with the Mariposa County Fair for close to 60 years. Sit down with her for an hour, and […]

Empire Fire continues to burn inside Yosemite

This graphic shows the location of the Empire Fire.Officials in Yosemite National Park continue to monitor the Empire Fire, which is burning at around 7,300 feet of elevation. The fire grew to just over 400 acres earlier this week and officials said it was caused by lightning. The fire was first detected on July 31. The fire is in the […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

July 31 – Petty theft was reported on Bullion Street. • A missing piglet was reported on Allred Road. • Child custody issues were investigated on 10th Street. • There was a report of a suspicious person on Agua Fria Road. Aug. 1 – There was petty theft reported at the Mariposa Yosemite Airport. • Suspicious circumstances were investigated on […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 31- Aug. 6

• EMS – 4 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 2• Auto Collisions – 2 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 […]

Your photos

Reader Nancy G. Gorton of Cathey’s Valley submitted this photo she calls “Half Dome – Metallic Gold.” She took the photo late in the day during a visit to the part last year in August. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of the […]