Thunderstorms late Monday afternoon brought strong winds to the Cedar Fire growing in southeastern Tulare County and neighboring Kern County.
The fire had charred 21,017 acres and was still at just 5 percent containment Tuesday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said.
But the forest service said firefighters were ready for the challenge brought by the thunderstorm winds and successfully kept the fire from advancing on structures in Wofford Heights and Panorama Heights, both above Lake Isabella. Firefighters continued to use night-flight helicopters to drop water on key areas.
Roads in the fire region, about an hour’s drove southeast of Porterville, remain closed.