Southern California Wildfires Prompt Evacuations

September 12, 2011

Several structures are being threatened by one of more than 50 wildfires in the
Southern California area of Kern County.

The fires, which were sparked by lightning strikes, are segretated in three main areas of Kern, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Kern County is geographically one of the state’s largest counties, though its population is small compared with other nearby counties. Agriculture and oil production are among the two largest industries in Kern County.

‘We have essentially three large fires burning, and within each complex there are several
smaller fires,’ said Shaun Collins, a public information officer for Kern County Fire.

Residents in the community of Stallion Springs were evacuated late Sunday afternoon, due to the impending threat from the Comanche Complex fire southwest of Bakersfield near the city of Arvin. ‘That area is still under an evacuation notice,’ Collins said.

At more than 23,000 acres, the Comanche Complex fire is threatening roughly 2,300 structures, mostly homes, according to Kern County Fire. ‘Most of the work was done yesterday and throughout the night to protect those homes,’ Collins said, adding that so far no structures have been destroyed or damaged by the fire.’

No headway so far has been made on the Breckenridge Complex fire, a 24,000 acre burn between Breckinridge Road and Highway 178, a sparsely populated area between Bakersfield and Lake Isabella.

‘We’re officially at about 0 percent containment on that one,’ Collins said.

On Monday, temperatures were expected to be a bit warmer, with light winds expected and more thunderstorms likely.

Topics California Catastrophe Natural Disasters Wildfire

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