The Shirley Fire torched an estimated 2,646 acres with 85 percent of the fire contained, according to the Sequoia National Forest Service.
All evacuations were lifted. Three buildings were destroyed. About 1,000 homes were threatened Sunday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire fighting cost has cost $7.5 million to date. The fire started at around 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13.
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Over 1,600 firefighters are working to contain the fire the rest of the fire.
Several road closures remain for the area, and include the following:
- Rancheria Road, from its intersection with highway 155 then south approximately eight miles to its intersection with Sawmill Road.
- Wagy Flat Road, from its intersection with Old State Road, then south for approximately three miles to the forest boundary in Section 10, Township 26 South, Range 32 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian.
- Sawmill Road, from its intersection with Rancheria Road, then east for approximately six miles to the forest boundary in Section 16, Township 26 South, Range 32 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian.
- Alder Creek Road, from Alder Creek Campground then south and east for approximately eight miles to its intersection with Rancheria Road.
- Highway 155 is closed at the intersection with Wofford Heights Boulevard. Residents living below Pala Ranches on the east side of the highway 155 may return to their homes. Residents living below Pala Ranches on the west side of the Highway 155 are not allowed to return to their homes at this time.
The U.S. Forest Service said that residents, owners and lessees of property are exempt from the closures, as long as the closure does not fall within an evacuation area. The road closures listed above remain on effect until through June 30.
Heavy smoke is drifting all around the Kern River Valley and residents with health problems are asked to stay indoors and out of the smoke. Kern County residents are also advised to sign up for ReadyKern.com or call 211 for updates.
The U.S. Forest Service also stated that the majority of the recreation in the Kern River Ranger District and the vicinity are unaffected by the fire activity and remain open. Motorists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when driving in the area due to firefighters and equipment.
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