Evacuations lifted as firefighters continue to combat the Deer Fire

Firefighters from across the state, such as these Ontario firefighters, helped contain the Deer Fire that threatened Bear Valley Springs. (KBAK/KBFX Photo)

At 6 p.m. Sunday evening, the Kern County Fire Department lifted all recommended and precautionary evacuation orders for residents of Bear Valley Springs and Hart Flat.

The department last reported that the Deer Fire is 1,785 acres and 50 percent contained.

Twelve helicopters were called in to assist more than 1,000 firefighters and 130 engines from 19 crews in order to combat the fire.

"Firefighters are working very hard on the fire," Cal Fire Captain Richard Cordova said. "Especially on the top portion of the fire where the terrain makes it difficult to get into."

All roadways are now open, including Highway 223 and the intersection at Deer Trail Drive and Starland Drive.

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