Smoke from Sierra foothills seen in Kern River Valley

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern River District Ranger Alfred Watson told Lake Isabella Online that drifting smoke from Sierra National Forest fires is affecting the Kern River Valley.

A wind advisory is in place until Tuesday morning.

A wind-whipped wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Central Sierra foothills forced the evacuation of about 150 houses and threatened others, a state fire official said on Monday.

The Carstens fire, which began Sunday afternoon, has burned about 1 1/2 square miles. It is burning in an area about six miles northeast of Mariposa off Highway 140, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.