The Cedar Fire began at approximately 4:30 p.m., August 16, 2016, on the Sequoia National Forest near Cedar Creek, in the Greenhorn Mountains above Wofford Heights and Lake Isabella. Within four weeks, the human-caused fire grew to more than 29,000 acres.
Today, Friday, Sept. 30 Forest Service officials declare the fire 100 percent contained and terminated the Cedar Fire closure order, reopening the area and affected roads to the public.
According to Forest Supervisor, Kevin Elliott, the fire is expected to smolder within the fire perimeter until a season-ending rain event occurs. Crews will continue suppression repair operations and patrolling to ensure the fire remains within the containment lines.
Officials remind visitors to be vigilant while visiting the fire area. “Although the closure order is lifted, dangers such as snag trees, slick ash, stump holes and erosion still exist,” said District Ranger Al Watson, Kern River Ranger District. “Please use extreme caution before using trails or roads affected by the Cedar Fire.”
The public is encouraged to check with local District Offices, on websites or social media for information about current conditions before heading out to the Forest.
For more information visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4964.