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Wildfire burning in Sequoia National Forest is fully contained

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#ShirleyFire in the Sequoia National Forest has been fully contained, 2,500 acres burned

The wildfire burning in Sequoia National Forest has been fully contained eight days after it was reported, but some forest roads remained closed Friday.

The Shirley fire has blackened more than 2,500 acres of timber and brush west of Lake Isabella in Kern County, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The cost of the firefight has been estimated at $10.7 million.

The wildfire is expected to continue within the contained area, producing smoke that will be visible in the area.

Portions of Rancheria, Wagy Flat, Sawmill and Alder Creek roads remained closed due to falling trees and smoldering stumps. Crews will work throughout the day to clean up the area, officials reported.

Early in the firefight, authorities said the blaze had threatened 1,000 homes, prompting evacuation orders for more than 500 residences.

As the fire raged, nearly three dozen residents stayed overnight at a local Red Cross evacuation center.

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