“Red Flag” Warnings in Massive California Wildfire
Hundreds of firefighters were struggling Saturday to contain a massive wildfire that has so far killed 2 people and burned at least 100 homes and ravaging lakeside communities in Central California.
The Erskine Fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles northeast of Bakersfield, has exploded to scortch more than 30,000 acres, making it 1 of the worst in an already intense fire season in drought-stricken California.
The National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the area forecasting high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds that could whip up the blaze’s intensity as it cuts through the bone-dry brush and grassland.
Officials said the 800 firefighters battling the blaze have been able to draw containment lines around 5% of the flames, and hundreds more personnel were en route to the area.
Some 1,500 homes threatened, according to the published information.
To Southern California, firefighters were gaining control over a pair of fires dubbed the San Gabriel Complex burning through foothills and canyons in Los Angeles County.
InciWeb said 30% of the 5,260 acre wildfire had been contained as of Friday night.
Authorities allowed to return home more of hundreds of residents who were evacuated from the area after the fire litup Monday morning. Evacuation orders for other communities threatened by the flames remained in effect.
When traveling in Fire Danger Zones take extreme care, lives and property depend on it.