Houses burn, others threatened in Kern County wildfire

Houses burn, others threatened in Kern County wildfire »Play Video
The Shirley Fire rages in the mountainous area around the Kern River Valley in Kern County, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Adam Harkey)

WOFFORD HEIGHTS, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A wildfire has consumed 2,200 acres since Friday night in the mountains west of Isabella Lake. The blaze has destroyed three homes, damaged one other, and continues to threaten around 1,000 homes Monday.

At least two of the burned structures appear to be abandoned, officials said.

Sean Collins of the Kern County Fire Department said Monday morning that the Shirley Fire "did get a little bit more active last night" in "steep, rocky" terrain.

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More than 1,100 crew members are working against the fire, which is at 10 percent containment. The fire department hasn't said what caused the fire.

Power lines, communications facilities and forest timber are also threatened by fire.

Evacuations are in place in Pala Ranch, Juniper Highlands, Old State Road, and all residences between Old State and Evans roads on Highway 155. An evacuation advisory was issued for Alta Sierra.

A Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at 6405 Lake Isabella Drive in Lake Isabella.

The following road closures are also in place: Rancheria Road (Forest Road No. 25S15) Wagy Flat Road (Forest Road No. 25S02), Sawmill Road (Forest Road No. 26S03), Alder Creek Road (Forest Road No. 25S04), and Hwy. 155  at the intersection with Wofford Heights Boulevard.

A community meeting will be hosted at 7 p.m. Monday at the Faith community Church, 20 W. Panorama Drive in Wofford Heights, by the officials with the Sequoia National Forest and Kern County Fire Department.