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UPDATE: Cedar Fire now covering 26k acres, new evacuations and closures underway

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Posted at 8:10 AM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 13:31:49-04

The Cedar Fire continues to gradually grow in size, exploding by more than 3,000 acres from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

Officials say the blaze is now 26,135 acres and is 15 percent contained. 

Kern County Evacuations and Closures:
Kern County has two types of evacuations: precautionary and recommended. A precautionary evacuation means that the fire may become a threat in the near future. All residents are advised to be prepared to leave the area at a moment’s notice. A recommended evacuation means that the fire is an imminent threat and people are strongly advised to leave and seek shelter away from the fire area. This may be the last notice people receive.
The following areas in Kern County are under precautionary evacuation: In Kernville, on the west side of the Kern River, residences from Diablo Road north to the Kern-Tulare County line. On the east side of the Kern River, residences from Camp Erwin Owen north to the Kern-Tulare County line, including the Riverkern community. In Wofford Heights, the area east of Highway 155 and north of Wofford Boulevard.
The following areas in Kern County are under a recommended evacuation: Pala Ranches; Homestead Tract; residences north of Anchorage Road, including Earl Pascoe Road; Alta Sierra; Slick Rock; and Shirley Meadows.
 
The following roads are closed in Kern County:
? Highway 155 between Lakeside Drive and Miller Road
? Miller Road and Lakeside Drive
? Forest Highway 90 from Highway 155 to Portuguese Pass
? Old State Road in Wofford Heights at its junction with Mountain Shadow Road
 
Tulare County Evacuations and Closures:
Tulare County has two types of evacuations: voluntary and mandatory. A voluntary evacuation means that residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should conditions worsen. A mandatory evacuation means that residents should evacuate.
The following is under a voluntary evacuation: The Johnsondale area, incuding Johnsondale south to Chamise Flat Campground.
The following are under a mandatory evacuation: 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; and Poso Park.
Tulare County road update: M-50 "Parker Pass Rd." is now OPEN in both directions between Johnsondale and M-107 "Western Divide Hwy.”
 
Current Tulare County road closures:
? M-56 "Hot Springs Rd." is closed at M-109 "Old Stage Rd." near Fountain Springs into the evacuated areas around California Hot Springs.
? M-3 "White River Rd." is closed at Jack Ranch Road east into the evacuated areas around Posey and Panorama Heights.
? M-50 “Parker Pass Rd.” is closed at M-107 "Western Divide Hwy.” aka “Mountain Hwy. 90” prohibiting westbound travel into the evacuated areas around California Hot Springs.
? M-112 "Deer Creek Rd." is closed at Rd 296 into the evacuated areas around California Hot Springs.

The Sequoia National Forest has issued area, road and trail closures for the area affected by the Cedar Fire.

The fire has been burning in the Greenhorn Mountains since Aug. 16.

Officials say they should have the blaze contained by Sept. 15.