17,986-acre Cedar Fire burns near Glennville, 5% contained

Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 14:06:09-04

UPDATE: As of 6:50 a.m. Sunday, U.S. Forest Service said the fire is now at 17,986 acres and 5% contained.

A fire 10 miles east of Glennville has burned 17,986 acres and is 5% contained, according to forest service officials. The blaze is heading north to northeast.

Road closures include Highway 155 at the eastern junction of Pascoe Road on the west side to the Sequoia National Forest boundary on the east, Forest Highway 90 from Highway 155 to Portuguese Pass, and Old State Road in Wofford Heights at its junction with Mountain Shadow Road.

1,197 personnel are working on the fire.

The U.S. Forest Service says that upwards of 1,000 structures are currently threatened, but none have been damaged at this point. 

Recommended evacuations were ordered Wednesday afternoon for the Alta Sierra, Slick Rock, and Shirley Meadows areas.

Additional mandatory evacuations were put in place for the Panorama Heights, Portugese Meadows, Poso Park, Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf Mountain Park, Sugarloaf Village, McClenney Tract, Balance Rock, Idlewild, Spear Creek, and Summer Homes communities in Tulare County.

An emergency evacuation center has been opened at Saint Jude's Church at 86 Nellie Dent Drive in Wofford Heights. Animal Services are also available.

An evacuation center for Tulare residents is located at Granite Hills High School at 1701 E. Putnam Ave. in Porterville, and is capable of sheltering small animals. If you need to shelter livestock contact Terry Way's Ranch and Equine Rescue at 918-541-3572.

Parts of Sequoia National Forest are also closed at this point, you can view that information here and here.

The fire started around 4:35 p.m. Tuesday in the Green Horn Mountains above Wofford Heights and Lake Isabella. The fire is burning right near Cedar Creek Campground on Forest Service managed lands.

Multiple responders from surrounding towns including Redding Fire Department, Visalia Fire Department, and Cal Fire are assisting with the flames as well.