Evacuation orders have been downgraded for several communities affected by the Cedar Fire as containment lines grow around the 29,322-acre blaze in Tulare and Kern counties.
Tulare County officials have lowered mandatory evacuation orders to voluntary evacuations for Poso Park, Panorama Heights, Balance Rock, McClenney Tract, Sugar Loaf Sawmill, Sugar Loaf Mountain Park, Sugar Loaf Village and White River Summer Homes.
Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for Spear Creek Summer Homes, where five cabins and several outbuildings were damaged by the fire, and Portuguese Meadow.
Voluntary evacuations remain in effect for Posey, Idlewild, Manter Meadow, Pine Mountain Ranch Homes and Rainbow Ranch.
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The fire was 75 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon. More than 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze. The fire began Aug. 16 west of Kernville and has caused $39 million to be spent so far in suppression costs. Its cause remains under investigation.
Along the Central California coast, three fires continue to burn, but firefighters are gaining on two of them.
The Chimney Fire in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, which destroyed 70 structures and threatened Hearst Castle for a time, is now 85 percent contained. It has burned 46,344 acres. The Rey Fire, which has burned more than 32,000 acres north of Santa Barbara, is now 87 percent contained.
But in Big Sur, the Soberanes Fire is just 60 percent contained. The fire was ignited July 22 by an illegal campfire and has now burned nearly 94,000 acres.