Power was out in the area around 4 p.m. Friday, “and the fire was coming at us faster and faster,” Detamore said.
Cal Fire said 11 fire brigades with more than 400 personnel, as well as 45 fire engines and four helicopters were deployed to douse the blaze.
Cal Fire said a Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at an elementary school in Mariposa.
Couples left with ‘only the clothes on their backs’
Nick Smith told CNN his parents’ home was destroyed by the fire. His parents, Jane and Wes Smith, lived in their Mariposa home for 37 years.
“It’s very sad to see the house I grew up in and grew up in,” she said. “It hits hard.”
Smith told CNN that his father was a Mariposa sheriff and his mother, Jane, was working on the fire when she had to leave. According to Smith, she had time to mount their horses and leave the area.
“They only had clothes on their backs and shoes on their feet,” he added.
“They lived in their home for over 37 years and now have lost everything,” Smith wrote on GoFundMe. “37 years of memories, generations of family treasures, and countless sentimental items. Even if these are objects, losing them all in the blink of an eye is devastating.”
The blaze is a few dozen miles southwest of the southern edges of Yosemite National Park, although the park is closer when measured in a straight line.
CNN’s TIna Burnside contributed to this report.
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