Updated at 2:45 p.m. 

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 28th, Incident Information System InciWeb has reported the following statistics on the Erskine Fire:

Fire Start: June 23, 2016

Location: Lake Isabella

Size: 46,679 acres

Cause: Under investigation

Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $13 million

Total Personnel: 1,808

Destroyed Structures: 257 Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff

Summary: Fire officials say that although the fire was quiet last night, smoke will be visible over the next several days as grass and trees continue to burn out in the area. Damage inspection teams are also close to completing assessments. 

Safety: Highway 178 has been reopened, according to InciWeb, with increased traffic as residents return to their homes. InciWeb cites that areas of Yankee Canyon and Mountain Mesa still lack power or potable water. Areas east of South Lake along Hwy 178—Larson Tract, Navajo, Hillview Acres, Bella Vista, and Weldon— are open as well. These areas have electrical power but no potable water. 

For more fire statistics or information on InciWeb’s Homeowner Re-entry Plan and Remaining Closures, visit InciWeb.



Updated at 2:00 p.m. 

Are you interested in donating to those affected by the Erskine Fire? 

Piles of materials are pouring in at Houchin Community Blood Bank locations around Kern County. Officials are asking those interested in helping out to drop materials off at the location’s mobile drive behind the Courts Building or at the Bolthouse or Truxtun Donor Centers. 

Drive organizers are also asking for donations of blood with the approaching 4th of July holiday.  


Updated at 1:30 p.m. 

Response to firefighters efforts have been highly positive, with supporters hanging posters around the area to thank officials. 




Updated at 1:20 p.m. 

Shelters remain in place for residents affected by the fire until further notice. The American Red Cross of Kern County has two shelters open to residents right now, according to incident information system website InciWeb.

Evacuation Shelters: 

St. Jude's Catholic Church

86 Nellie Dent Dr.

Wofford Heights

Kernville Elementary School

13350 Sierra Way



For more information, including those looking for loved ones affected by evacuations: The Red Cross Safe & Well site.



Updated at 1:15 p.m. 

Fire management teams have cautiously lifted evacuation orders on some areas, according to incident information system website InciWeb. 



Areas include: Yankee Canyon and Mountain Mesa, areas East of South Lake along Hwy 178, Larson Tract, Navajo, Hillview Acres, Bella Vista, and Weldon. Residents of Squirrel Valley have also been allowed access to their community if they show valid ID to law enforcement officials at roadblocks. 

The community of South Lake remains closed, according to InciWeb.



Updated at 1 p.m.

The Erskine Fire continues to burn through the Piute Mountains Tuesday, already having engulfed 257 structures and 46,679 acres of land. Fire authorities say it will still be about a week before it’s contained. 



Earlier in the day, volunteers with the California Rescue Dog Association used dogs to help search for lost or missing persons in South Lake following the fire. 


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