Yosemite under threat as wildfire engulfs northern California (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Yosemite under threat as wildfire engulfs northern California (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

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.

Their son hiked to the area in Mount Bullion the following day and took photographs revealing a nightmare - their three-bedroom home and at least five other nearby houses destroyed in their neighborhood.

A raging wildfire in central California that has forced thousands from their homes spread rapidly on Thursday, threatening a town outside Yosemite National Park, fire officials said.

The fire came within 50 miles of Yosemite on Friday, but was not growing toward the park, Cal Fire's Isolano said.

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The Gold-Rush town of Mariposa being threatened by the fire is essentially empty.

Officials are investigating an injury accident involving a fire engine.

As the Sacramento Bee reports, however, there have been 100 new wildfires reported just in the last four days alone, which including the Detwiler Fire have burned around 200,000 acres.

"We are in very detailed conversations about repopulation", Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said during a community meeting on the fire on Thursday.

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More than 3,700 fire personnel are working to get a handle of the flames, including crews from up and down California.

Now all its residents are under evacuation orders. "This fire has really devastated the area, business is just flat". Highway 140 east of Mariposa to Yosemite National Park was reopened.

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.

Air quality in Yosemite Valley and the rest of the park has been impacted by smoke from the Detwiler Fire.

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