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Firefighters from Santa Maria, Lompoc help battle the Detwiler Fire

Santa Maria firefighters help to...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - With no signs of slowing down, the Detwiler Fire continues to range in Mariposa County and has grown in size to more than 70,000 acres.

Crews from all over California are helping to battle the flames by air and on the ground including crews from the Central Coast.

Four Santa Maria firefighters and four Lompoc firefighters are out on the fire lines.


"We roster every day up to 13 people that can go out at anytime out of our department of 56 so it’s a big dent in us so we have to back fill every station,” says Mike Barneich, Battalion Chief with the Santa Maria Fire Department. 

The fire started on Sunday afternoon. As it continues to erupt it has caused more than 4,000 people to evacuate their homes.


"We always make sure that you’re fire stations are filled and ready to respond," he says. 

As fire crews are hundreds of miles away, there are still firefighters here at home ready to respond to calls. 


"You add someone working more hours straight and working medical calls and having to respond to car wrecks,” he says about crews that stay behind. 

As the crews battle wind and tough terrain, they are working to establish and reinforce containment lines.

Barneich says crews will be in Marisposa for two weeks then they will come back home because of the work-rest cycle. 

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