Updated at 4:45 p.m.
The county provided an updated list of donation centers serving fire victims. See attached list for details.
Updated at 2:30 p.m.
Incident Information Website InciWeb has uploaded a gallery of photos from the Erskine Fire. For the full list of images, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4806.
Updated at 2 p.m.
The Board of Equalization announced Thursday that business owners and tax and feepayers affected by the Erskine Fire may request extensions to file their returns, ask for relief from penalties and/or interest for some taxes and fees, or to replace copies of records lost or damaged.
Tax and feepayers for the programs below can go online to request relief from penalties and/or interest, and an extension of time to file their tax or fee returns. They, as well as payers of the Timber Yield Tax and Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services (MTS) Surcharge, may also call the BOE Customer Service Center toll-free at 800-400-7115 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for assistance requesting relief.
Updated at 1:05 p.m. - From InciWeb at Noon:
Authorities with Southern California Edison anticipate that power will be restored to all areas of the fire at some point today.
As of Thursday, damage assessment teams have completed their reports, with these listed as the final numbers according to InciWeb: 12 damaged single residences, 285 destroyed single residences and one destroyed commercial property. The commercial property destroyed was an AT&T microwave cell hub.
For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4806/.
The U.S. Climate Plan has named the Erskine Fire as one of the top 20 largest California wildfires to have burned in the last decade:
Updated at 1:00 p.m.
Sobering arial views of the destruction have been released over Twitter by the the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
Kern County Public Health is out talking to residents about potential health issues related to the Erskine Fire. Nurses are handing out masks and gloves to those who need them.
Updated at 12:30 p.m.
This Bakersfield Fire Department shared this amazing photo from of the central valley from former NASA Flight Engineer Jerry Stoces, of Livermore, CA. Stoces advised that it was recently taken from the International Space Station (ISS). If you look closely, you can see what appears to be smoke from what appears to be the Erskine Fire, drifting south and southeast, according to the BFD.
Here’s another picture.
The Kern County Fire Department has released this photo of supporters. For those wanting to learn more about the damage the fire has done and the resources available to the public, follow the links bellow:
Updated at 12:15 p.m.
The U.S. Forest Service released a Facebook update regarding campground status from the Kern River Ranger District.
Authorities say campgrounds along California 178 —Auxiliary, Old Isabella, South Fork and Paradise Cove – are open in anticipation of the upcoming holiday.
Although authorities say facilities are open, visitors should not depend on water being available in the following areas: Old Isabella, South Fork and Paradise Cove. The water at Auxiliary is operational, according to the park.
Further information from the U.S. Forest Service details a closure in the Piute Mountains due to the Erskine Fire.
On Wednesday, June 29, forest officials made the following announcement:
“To protect visitors and travelers to the Sequoia National Forest’s Kern River Ranger District, Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott has closed the Piute Mountains which includes a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail located within the district until the fire is out.”
For more information, or to view the Erskine Fire Closure Order, exhibit and map, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/Sequoia/ErskineFire.
Updated at 12:00 p.m.
Total Personnel: 1,326
Size: 46,684 acres
Percent contained: 70%
Estimated containment date: July 5
Fuels involved: Brush and short grass
Significant events: Fire behavior has moderated because of recent rains. Heavy fuels in the Piute fire footprint from 2008 continue to burn
Planned actions: Patrol and mop-up where needed during night shift.
Projected activity: Creeping and smoldering is anticipated until the hand line construction is completed. Heavy fuels continue to burn.
Road closures: All closures have been lifted.
Damage assessment: Southern California Edison anticipates power will be restored to all areas of the fire at some point today. The damage assessment team has completed its report and these will be the final numbers: 12 damaged single residences, 285 destroyed single residences and one destroyed commercial property. The commercial property destroyed was an AT&T microwave cell hub.
Public health: Kern County Public Health has four teams assessing water wells impacted by the fire. The department urges residents in the area to be cautious about open water wells that can present a potential fall hazard and are also open to environmental contamination.
Kern County Public Health and the State of California will be offering a debris cleanup assistance program for all those residences affected by the Erskine Fire. The purpose of this program is to assist in getting property clean, safe and ready for rebuild.
As soon as more information is available, residents will be able to sign up for the program. Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about this program 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Woodrow Wallace Elementary School.