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Monday Update: Detwiler Fire 60 Percent Contained

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Update 6:54 p.m.: The fire has burned 78,900 acres and is 60 percent contained.

CAL FIRE Merced / Mariposa shared a reminder Monday evening that evacuation orders were still in place for the Greeley Hill Road and Dogtown Road Areas.


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Update 5:03 p.m.: The fire has burned 76,500 acres and is 50 percent contained. 

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Original Post: (AP) - Crews have stopped the growth of a huge wildfire that has destroyed dozens of homes in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park.

Firefighters still battling the blaze that swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills were contending with triple-digit temperatures Sunday.

The fire burning for a week has scorched 76,250 acres of dense brush and dead trees and continues to threaten about 1,500 homes - but its spread has slowed drastically. Many Mariposa County residents were allowed to return to their homes Saturday.

The fire is 45 percent contained, but officials say it could take another two weeks to fully surround it.

The smoke has blurred the scenic vistas of Yosemite National Park, about 35 miles east of the fire.

In an earlier version of this story, we misstated the location of the fire. It is west of Yosemite National Park.

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