Six cabins have been destroyed by the Cedar Fire in Tulare County, officials said Wednesday in the first confirmed report of structures being destroyed by the blaze.
Meanwhile, Tulare County authorities has asked residents of Johnsondale to voluntarily evacuate.
The Cedar Fire started Aug. 16 in northern Kern County west of Kernville and spread north into Tulare County.
The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday that the fire had covered 22,739 acres southeast of Porterville and was 10 percent contained.
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Flames destroyed the cabins Monday or Tuesday, but a ground crew on Wednesday confirmed the damage, the Forest Service said.
It is expected that the numbers of structures destroyed will go up, authorities said.
Several communities in Tulare County have been evacuated, including California Hot Springs, Posey, Sugarloaf, and White River Summer Homes. Communities in Kern County have also been evacuated.
About 2,244 people are involved in fighting the blaze, including 35 hand crews, 193 fire engines, 33 water tenders, 25 bulldozers and 15 aircraft, the Forest Service said.
A meeting to update the public will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kernville Elementary School in Kernville.
The Cedar Fire could reach Johnsondale, a community north of the fire, authorities said. The voluntary evacuation request also covers Chamise Flat campground.
The recommended evacuation route is Mountain 99 south to Kernville.
Residents should assemble essential valuables, documents, medication and clothing, a notice said.
Meanwhile, the Tule Fire in Tulare County east of Porterville is close to being contained, the Forest Service said.
As of Wednesday, it covered 395 acres and was 70% contained. Despite winds, the fire did not move overnight.
The fire is along Highway 190 but the road is open in both directions. The cause of the fire, reported about 10 p.m. Monday, remains under investigation.