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More evacuations in Cedar Fire, cabins found destroyed in Tulare County

The Cedar Fire burns Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Mimi Elkalla)

Cabins have been destroyed by the Cedar Fire, which is burning in more than 23,000 acres Wednesday.

Evacuations remain in place in both Kern and Tulare counties for the fire that is 10 percent surrounded, according to fire officials.


Six cabins in the Spear Creek Summer Homes tract in the community of Posey were found destroyed by the Cedar Fire, according to Tulare County.

There have been no reported injuries.

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The fire started Aug. 16, and full containment isn't anticipated until the middle of September.

The Cedar Fire is one of a half dozen wildfires burning in California.


Fire activity is expected to increase Wednesday as the sky clears, temperature rises and humidity drops, according to fire officials. The priority is improving and holding the fire line between Black Mountain and Cane Peak above Wofford Heights, the fire officials said.

Parts of Highway 155, Forest Highway 90, Old State Road, Miller Road and Lakeside Drive are closed. The Sequoia National Forest also has some closures associated with the fire.

A public meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kernville Elementary School, according to the Fire Department.

EVACUATIONS (KERN COUNTY):

  • Pala Ranches
  • Homestead Tract
  • Residences north of Anchorage Road, including Earl Pascoe Road
  • Alta Sierra
  • Slick Rock
  • Shirley Meadows


Two more areas were put under precautionary evacuation status Wednesday: In Kernville, on the west side of the Kern River, residences from Diablo Road north to the Kern-Tulare County line; and in Kernville, on the east side of the Kern River, residences from Camp Erwin Owen north to the Kern-Tulare County line, including the Riverkern community.

A precautionary evacuation was already in place for Wofford Heights, the area east of Highway 155 and north of Wofford Boulevard.

EVACUATIONS (TULARE COUNTY):

  • Posey
  • Pine Flat
  • Pine Mountain
  • Sugarloaf, including Sugarloaf Mountain Park and Sugarloaf Village
  • California Hot Springs
  • Panorama Heights
  • McClenny Tract
  • Spear Creek Mountain Homes
  • White River Summer Homes
  • Portuguese Meadow
  • Balance Rock
  • Idlewild
  • Poso Park
  • Johnsondale


SHELTERS:

  • South Fork Elementary School, 6401 Fay Ranch Road, Weldon
  • First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 3701 Suhre St.
  • Granite Hills High School, 1701 E. Putnam Ave., Porterville


Kern County Animal Services will help with sheltering pets at the First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella. To shelter large animals or livestock, contact Terry Way's Ranch and Equine Rescue at (918) 541-3572.


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