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Fire-displaced residents in Merced share worries and crack a few jokes

Fire-displaced residents in Merced share worries and crack a few jokes

Residents displaced by the Detwiler fire attended a community meeting at the Merced Theatre on Thursday night, where they expressed concerns about security and inquired about when they could return home.

The meeting followed a format similar to one held the night before at Mountain Christian Center in Oakhurst, with officials taking turns to provide the latest fire information, status of power restorations and policing issues.

But while the meeting at the Christian center was a bit somber and serious, the mood at Thursday night's gathering was lighter, with...

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