Smoke from Sierra foothills seen in Kern River Valley

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Kern River District Ranger Alfred Watson told Lake Isabella Online that drifting smoke from Sierra National Forest fires is affecting the Kern River Valley.

A wind advisory is in place until Tuesday morning.

A wind-whipped wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Central Sierra foothills forced the evacuation of about 150 houses and threatened others, a state fire official said on Monday.

The Carstens fire, which began Sunday afternoon, has burned about 1 1/2 square miles. It is burning in an area about six miles northeast of Mariposa off Highway 140, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant.


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.