By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Two large fires burning Wednesday in the Kern River Ranger District in the Sequoia National Forest had scorched nearly 900 acres, but firefighters have both more than 70 percent contained and don't expect significant fire growth.
Called the Shirley Complex fire, the blazes include the 454-acre Shirley Fire and the 441-acre Tenant Fire.
A voluntary evacuation for the Shirley Meadows area was lifted Wednesday afternoon.
The interior of the fires continues to burn and people will still see smoke. Firefighters still have about two miles of fire line to build within the fire complex, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Crews will patrol the fire's perimeter through the night.
Both blazes were caused by lightning and are burning in terrain firefighters describe as steep and inaccessible.
Fire officials say that crews made good progress on the fires Tuesday night, and spent Wednesday mopping up portions of the perimeter where the fire has been contained.
There are 476 personnel working to battle the fires.
The total cost of the two fires to date is estimated at $1.1 million.
Road closures still in effect are Alder Creek Road and Campground, Rancheria Road from the intersection with Pettitt Road for 9.2 miles northeast, Evans Flat Campground and Oak Flat Lookout.
Fire crews also reported six smaller fires, less than 5 acres each, in the Kern River Ranger District, that were being monitored.
Highway 178 through the Kern River Canyon remains closed after rockslides and mudslides earlier this week, but was not hampering firefighters.
According to the USFS, the majority of the world-class recreational opportunities in the Kern River Ranger District remain open and unaffected by the fire.