The mandatory evacuation orders for five Tulare County mountain communities affected by the Cedar Fire have been relaxed as conditions have improved.
Authorites on Monday said residents living in Posey, Idlewild, Manter Meadow, Pine Mountain Ranch Homes and Rainbow Ranch will be under a voluntary evacuation order. That means those residents can return to their homes with proof of residency that they will need to show law enforcement officers.
Mandatory evacuation orders still remain for Poso Park, Panorama Heights, Balance Rock, the McClenney Tract, Sugar Loaf Sawmill, White River Summer Homes and Spear Creek Summer Homes.
All evacuation orders were cancelled for California Hot Springs, Pine Flat, Johnsondale, Chamise Flat campground and Fairview McNallys areas.
Residents with questions can call the Tulare County Emergency Operations Center at 559-623-0200 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
As of Monday morning, the Cedar Fire had burned 29,206 acres in Kern and Tulare counties and was 45 percent contained. Over 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze. The fire began Aug. 16 west of Kernville, and has taken $39 million so far in suppression costs. Its cause remains under investigation.