Firearms blamed in blaze that threatened Mariposa

Last month’s Detwiler Fire, which threatened the Gold Rush town of Mariposa, was started by somebody shooting off firearms, investigators said Friday.

The blaze, which has been largely contained, broke out on July 16 near Lake McClure and burned southward toward Mariposa, eventually forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

The circumstances around the firearms incident are under investigation, and Cal Fire is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

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