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Havilah Fire now 100 percent contained

Evacuations lifted
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Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 13:23:11-04

UPDATE: Havilah Fire is 100 percent contained.

Crews are working to put out a brush fire that broke out around 2:30 Saturday afternoon in Havilah, just South of Lake Isabella. 

Crews installed fire hose hose around the entire fire perimeter and made significant progress mopping up. Through the night, crews continued mopping up, securing and reinforcing the containment lines around the perimeter.

As of Monday morning, the closure along Caliente-Bodfish Road was lifted, the evacuation order was rescinded, and residents are allowed to return home.

Fire officials said the fire moved quickly and by Sunday morning the fire had spread to 343 acres.

Officials say one outbuilding was destroyed by the fire and many others are still threatened. 

An evacuation center was established at First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella (3701 Suhre St. Lake Isabella, CA). The evacuation center was opened by the Red Cross on August 21 for evacuees of the Cedar Fire and still have three or four residents from the Cedar Fire at the shelter, while more filed in from the Havilah fire.  

KCFD said initial fire attacks were slowed down because a resident was flying their drone over the fire area, that forced fire officials to land all aircrafts until the drone was gone. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.