A wildfire that began Sunday off Highway 178, west of Lake Isabella, has consumed more than 1,500 acres and led to evacuations, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was burning along the north side of 178 toward Rancheria Road. Black Gulch South and North are both closed and have been evacuated, a Forest Service release said.

Containment was at 10 percent, with closures toward Rancheria Road expected.

The U.S. Forest Service was fighting the blaze with assistance from the Bureau of Land Management and Kern County Fire Department. A total of 406 personnel were on scene. 

Highway 178 was closed southwest of Lake Isabella. Traffic was being diverted to Old Kern River Canyon Road, which in turn had its own problem with a vehicle-size boulder reported in the eastbound lane. 

The fire was reported at 2:22 p.m. Sunday, west of Borel Road. Cause is under investigation. 

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