“Most Devastating” Wildfire Destroys Scores of Homes in SoCal
Posted by feww on June 24, 2016
Ferocious wildfire in Squirrel Valley, Kern County destroys 100 homes, structures threatens 1,500 more
One of the most devastating wildfires I’ve ever seen —Kern County Fire Capt.
The explosive Erskine Fire has consumed about 5,400 acres since Thursday afternoon in Lake Isabella, Kern County, about 65km northeast of Bakersfield, destroying at least 80 homes, two dozen structures, and threatening 1,500 more.
The fire is “extremely dangerous, extremely volatile,” said Kern County Fire Capt. Tyler Townsend.
“I’ve never been in a wildland fire where I’ve seen so many homes burn. It’s one of the most devastating I’ve ever seen,” said Townsend.
Mass evacuations have been ordered in the areas threatened by the blaze including the rural communities of South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Yankee Canyon and Mountain Mesa, according to official reports.