Ranch fire burns on, Lake Isabella firework show still scheduled

The Fresno BeeJuly 5, 2014 

The Ranch fire near Lake Isabella in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County has burned 150 acres and was still 0% contained Saturday morning, U.S. Forest officials said.

The fire started Tuesday, burning mostly grass brush and timber in an extremely steep and remote area in Aspen and Bear Creek drainages.

Rancheria Road and Basket Pass Road are widely closed. No evacuations have been ordered.

There are more than 750 firefighters assigned to the fire, and helicopters are dropping retardant, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

All campgrounds around Lake Isabella are open, and a public fireworks display will take place Saturday over the lake. The use of any fireworks is prohibited in mountainous areas, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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