Electricity service in the area was down around 4 p.m. local time, “and the fire is moving toward us faster and faster,” Detamore said.
11 fire crews with more than 400 personnel, as well as 45 fire engines and four helicopters, were assigned to fight the blaze, Cal Fire said.
A Red Cross evacuation center has been established at an elementary school in Mariposa, Cal Fire said.
The couple left with ‘only clothes on their backs’
Nick Smith told CNN that his parents’ house burned down as a result of the fire. His parents, Jane and Wes Smith, have lived at their Mariposa home for 37 years, he said.
“It’s sad to see that the house I grew up in and grew up in is gone,” he said. “It hit hard.”
Smith told CNN his father was the Mariposa police chief and was fighting fires when his mother, Jane, had to evacuate. She had time to load their horses and leave the area, according to Smith.
“They just have clothes on their backs and shoes on their feet,” he added.
Smith wrote on GoFundMe: “They have lived in their house for over 37 years and have now lost everything. “37 years of memories, family treasures for generations, and countless other sentiments. Even though it’s only material, it’s devastating to lose everything literally in the blink of an eye without being notified. before.”
The blaze is several dozen miles southwest of Yosemite National Park’s southern edge, though the park is closer when measured in a straight line.
CNN’s TIna Burnside contributed to this report.