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Thursday, June 23, 2016

CA-KRN Erskine Fire WUI Vegetation Fire Kern County Lake Isabella area. [Location Map]

‎Erskine Fire‬ CA-CND-001415, WUI Vegetation Fire Kern County Lake Isabella area. FRA/SRA

The Erskine Fire is burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County. 
‎Erskine Fire‬ WUI Vegetation Fire Kern County Lake Isabella area.
‎Erskine Fire‬  Lake Isabella area. Credit: 📷: Michael Cuffe
Road closures: Hwy 178 is closed at Hwy 155 and Sierra Way.

Evacuations are in effect for:
Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley, and Yankee Canyon. 

Residents in the Lake Isabella and Erskine Creek area should prepare for possible evacuation. Additional evacuation information will be posted when it is available. Evacuations remain in effect for Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley, and Yankee Canyon. Hwy 178 is closed at Hwy 155 and at Sierra Way. Kernville Elementary School is now the primary shelter for evacuees. There are approximately 125 evacuees at the elementary school. The Red Cross Safe & Well site is available for those looking for loved ones affected by evacuations:https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.
Current recommended evacuation - Hwy 178 to Kelso Valley to Piute. 

Evacuation centers
are Kern Valley High School and the Lake Isabella Senior Center.


Approximate Location

35.617 latitude, -118.453 longitude 
Map data ©2016 Google
Map
Satellite
5 km 

Location: Erskine Creek Rd in Lake Isabella Kern County. [Erskin Creek Rd x Apollo Way]FRA/SRA
IA GPS: 35.617 latitude, -118.453 longitude 
Cause: The fire started on BLM managed public lands at the junction of Erskine Creek Rd and Apollo Way at approximately 3:51PM Thursday, June 23d. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 #ErskineFire Updates:

06/28/2016 1930: 46,679 Acres, 60% Contained CA IMT1 (Minton) in command
Unified command with USFS, BLM, and Kern County Fire
SRA/FRA
  • Road closures are in effect for Kelso Valley at Kelso Creek McCray Rd
    at Dogwood and Entrada at Hwy 178.
  • Squirrel Valley and South Lake remain closed.
  • Continued threat to Moreland Mill, French Gulch, Claraville, and
    Landers Meadow.
  • Precautionary evacuation order is in place for Lake Isabella.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources

06/27/2016 1845: 45,388 Acres, 45% Contained

  • Evacuation orders still in place
  • Continued threat for communities of South Lake and Bull Center. 
  • As well as portions of Hwy 178 and the Kelso Valley.
  • Road closures are in effect for portions of Highway 178.
  • Precautionary evacuation order is in place for Squire Valley, Mountain Mesa,
  • South Lake, Lake Isabella, and the Weldon area.
  • Re-entry plan started today in coordination with Kern County Sheriffs for 
  • Yankee Canyon, Mountain Mesa, and areas of East South Lake along Hwy 178.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources

06/27/2016 0845: 45,388 Acres, 40% Contained
  • Evacuation orders still in place
  • Approximately 200 structures are destroyed and 75 damaged
  • Continued threat to life and properties including the communities of Mountain Mesa,
    South Lake, Lakeland Estates, and Bull Center. 
  • Road closures are in effect for portions of Highway 178
  • Precautionary evacuation order is in place for Squire Valley, Mountain Mesa,
    South Lake, Lake Isabella, and the Weldon area.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources

06/26/2016 1930: 43,460 Acres, 40% contained. 
The fire is expected to remain active into the evening hours. Spotting is possible because of diurnal winds into the evening.
  • 250 structures have been destroyed and an additional 75 damaged. 
  • Evacuation orders still in place
  • Continued threat to life and properties including the communities of Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Lakeland Estates, and Bull Center. 
  • Road closures are in effect for portions of Highway 178
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources


06/26/2016 0930: 36,810 Acres, 10% Contained
Minton (CIIMT-5) in command
Unified command with USFS, BLM, and Kern County Fire
SRA/FRA
  • Evacuation orders still in place
  • Approximately 200 structures are destroyed and 75 damaged
  • Continued threat to life and properties including the communities of Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Lakeland Estates, and Bull Center. 
  • Road closures are in effect for portions of Highway 178
  • The fire is expected to remain active well into the evening
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources

06/25/2016 0930: 35,711 Acres, 0% Contained
  • CA IMT Type 1 Team 5 (Minton) in command
  • Mandatory evacuations in progress
  • Current evacuation centers are at capacity
  • Continued threat to life and properties in surrounding areas.
  • Multiple structures destroyed.
  • Commitment of forest service air and ground resources

06/24/2016 1930: 30,000 acres, 5%, 2 dead, 100 structures lost and 1,500 additional structures threatened.
Inciweb:


The fire is currently estimated at 30,000 acres and is 5% contained. There are approximately 800 fire fighters on scene, with several hundred more in route to the fire.

Current recommended evacuation - Hwy 178 to Kelso Valley to Piute.

  • The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Walker Basin Campground to Jawbone Canyon Road.
  • California Team 5 will take command of the fire at 8pm this evening.
  •  Approximately 100 structures have been lost and 1,500 additional structures are threatened.  Additional information on structure damage will be posted as damage assessment teams are able to confirm details.
  •  Firefighters are working hard today in very hot and dry conditions and steep terrain. Three firefighters have suffered smoke inhalation injuries.
  •  The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Kern County Fire District are in unified command. Many other agencies are assisting, including CalFire, Red Cross,  Caltrans, animal control, and law enforcement from local, county, state, and federal agencies.
  •  A Type I incident management team is in route.

06/24/2016 1830 25,000 Acres, 0% Contained
Transition to CA IMT Type 1 Team 5 (Minton),
will assume command 06/24 @ 2000.
Mandatory evacuations in progress
Continued threat to life and properties in surrounding areas.
Multiple structures destroyed.
Commitment of forest service air and ground resources.


06/24/2016 1330: 19,034 Acres, 0% Contained
Unified command with BLM,USFS, and Kern County Fire
  • CA IMT Type 1 Team 5 (Minton) in-briefed @ 1200
  • Mandatory evacuations in progress.
  • FMAG approved.
  • Threat to life, local communities, residences,
  • infrastructure in the surrounding areas.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air & ground resources.

06/24/16 0800: The Erskine Fire is burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County. The fire is currently estimated at 8,000 acres. Approximately 100 structures have been lost and 1,500 additional structures are threatened. Additional information on structure damage will be posted as damage assessment teams are able to confirm details.
There are currently 350 fire fighters on scene, with several hundred more in route to the fire. Three firefighters have suffered smoke inhalation injuries.
Heat, steep and rugged terrain, wind and a fast moving fire are all challenges facing firefighters. Today there will be 6 airtankers, including a VLAT, and 7 helicopters on the fire. Additional air resources are in route.

Kernville Elementary School is now the primary shelter for evacuees. There are currently approximately 125 evacuees at the elementary school. The Red Cross Safe & Well site is available for those looking for loved ones affected by evacuations: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Kern County Fire District are in unified command. Many other agencies are assisting, including Red Cross, Caltrans, animal control, and law enforcement from local, county, state, and federal agencies.

A Type I incident management team is in route.



06/23/16 2000: 3,000 acres.AT&T cell service is not working. multiple structures on fire in Squirrel Valley, 500 plus acres in size, 0% containment. Evacuations for Squirrel Valley, Lakeland Estates, Yankee Canyon, and Mountain Mesa. A Type I incident management team is in route
‎Erskine Fire‬ Vegetation Fire Kern County Lake Isabella area
06/23/16 1830: 2000 acres in size and growing. 0% containment.  50-60 structures lost so far on Some of the air tankers operating out of San Bernardino AAB
06/23/16 1730: 500-1000 acres unconfirmed reports of structures lost plus many threatened.


06/23/16 1630: IC ordering 10 Strike Teams of Type 3s and 4-5 Strike Teams of Type 2s 400-500 homes immediately threatened.

06/23/16 1615: IC ordering a medium task force immediate need for structure protection in 4 Tankers, 1 Helitanker, 2 Type 2 Helicopters and 1 Air Attack for Air resources assigned. Cause is under investigation.

Inciweb:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4806/

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