UPDATE: One lane of Hwy. 178 is open as Yankee Fire reaches 40% containment

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UPDATE (6/16): One lane has been opened on Highway 178 and the fire was 40% contained as of last night.


UPDATE (6/15): Kern County Fire announced forward progress of the Yankee Fire has been stopped with an estimated 30 acres burned and 30% containment. No structures were damaged or destroyed.

Highway 178 is expected to stay closed until around 11 p.m., according to KCFD. Lake Isabella Boulevard is also closed, according to the California Highway Patrol.


UPDATE (4:50 p.m.): All evacuation warnings have been canceled, according to the Kern County Fire Department.


LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KGET) — Highway 178 is closed between the Auxiliary Dam and Paradise Cove due to a vegetation fire at Yankee Canyon, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

A precautionary evacuation has been put in place for residents of Yankee Canyon. The fire broke out around 3:25 p.m. on Yankee Canyon Drive off Highway 178 near Lake Isabella, according to PulsePoint. The California Highway Patrol is providing traffic control on the east side of Paradise Cove, according to CHP’s traffic information page.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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