The mandatory evacuation orders for five Tulare County mountain communities affected by the Cedar Fire have been relaxed as conditions have improved.
Authorities 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 canceled 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 Tuesday morning, the Cedar Fire had burned 29,304 acres in Kern and Tulare counties and was 60 percent contained. More than 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.
▪ The Chimney Fire in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, which at one point had threatened Hearst Castle, is 75 percent contained. The fire burned more than 46,000 acres and destroyed 49 homes and 21 other structures.
Hearst Castle resumed tours on Monday, and all evacuation orders for areas threatened by the fire were lifted as of 5 p.m. Monday, according to Cal Fire.
▪ The Soberanes Fire along the Big Sur coast has grown to more than 93,000 acres and is still just 60 percent contained.
▪ North of Santa Barbara, the Rey Fire has blackened 32,601 acres and is 78 percent contained.