Local, state, and federal agencies hold Assistance Fair in Mariposa for those affected by the Detwiler Fire

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Hundreds are lining up to get any sort of help they can after the Detwiler Fire destroyed dozens of homes, and many are still without power. (KFSN)

Hundreds are lining up to get any sort of help they can after the Detwiler Fire destroyed dozens of homes, and many are still without power.

Several local, state, and federal agencies are at Mariposa High School lending out a helping hand to anyone affected by the wildfire.

"This helps people with the healing process, and start the recovery process and get our businesses back up and running as well," said Kristie Mitchell, Mariposa County Sheriff's Office.

Glenn Miller is one of those he came back to fine his home turned to rubble.

"We were unlucky-- we weren't blessed, whatever you want to put it."

Miller suffers from several medical issues and said he is here looking for some help on how to rebuild.

"I had a walker, my walker is gone. They're going to replace that-- they're going to try to help us recover as quickly as we can."

County officials said there are more than 50 agencies inside the local Assistance Center. Public health agencies are there to provide information on how to deal with the rubble, while other agencies can help with insurance and lost identification.

The Red Cross is also providing food to visitors and helping those who have been affected with financial help.

"It's enough that we can fill the gap for a few days for these folks and make sure they have a place to stay, have a meal," said Jessica Piffero, Red Cross.

The Detwiler Fire is nearing its end with more than 60-percent containment and Sheriff's deputies said there are still areas evacuated. They hope to have another Assistance Fair in the other parts of the county that are being impacted.

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