Updated 6:59 p.m.

“There were a lot of homes here that were saved because of defensible space,” Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said.

Updated 6:43 p.m.

I want to assure you that Kern County  is throwing everything we've got at this fire,” Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason said at the 6 p.m. community update meeting. “We're not holding anything in reserve.”

Updated 5:56 p.m.

Remains have been found in the 4100 block of Fiddleneck Street in South Lake, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. No confirmation yet as to whether the remains are human.

Updated 4:18 p.m.

U.S. Forest Service says fire costs are estimated at $3 million so far.

Updated 4:08 p.m.

The three Kern County firefighters who suffered minor to moderate smoke inhalation during the initial attack on the Erskine Fire Thursday evening have been released from the hospital and are doing “fine,” according to a Kern County Fire Department Facebook post.

Updated 3:44 p.m.

Community meeting at 6 p.m. at Woodrow Wallace Elementary, 3240 Erskine Creek Road, Lake Isabella.

Updated 3:40 p.m.

Following is the latest list of evacuated areas: Highway 178 to Kelso Valley to Paiute, Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley and Yankee Canyon.

Source: InciWeb

Updated 2:56 p.m.

“First Baptist Church Lake Isabella has lots of things to help those who have been effected by the fire!! We are open now-9pm. We have clothes, baby things, toiletries, blankets, towels, water, food and prayer.” — Facebook post from Karen Costa-Bennett.

The church is located at 3701 Suhr St.

Updated 2:37 p.m.

A total of 1,139 people are involved in operations fighting the massive Erskine Fire, InciWeb says. 

Updated 1:22 p.m.

At least 150 homes have been destroyed and 75 more damaged, according to firefighters. A damage inspection team is creating a report documenting all structures damaged or destroyed.

Updated 12:18 p.m.

The American Red Cross of Kern County said Saturday a new site to drop off items for those impacted by the fire is the Elks Lodge at 6708 Wofford Blvd. in Wofford Heights. Affected residents will pick up items from that location later Saturday.

People can also drop off goods such as household items and clothing at their nearest Goodwill store. For more information and a list of Goodwill locations, go to redcross.org/Erskine-fire-response.

Updated 12 p.m.

Kern County Fire Battalion Chief Steve Pendergrass said at the press conference firefighters are “doing the best we possibly can.” He said they want residents to be able to return to their homes as soon as possible.

“There’s not a home,” a woman said from the audience. 


Updated 11:37 a.m.

A man told firefighters at the 10 a.m press conference that a lot of people from Squirrel Valley were missing. Firefighters asked him to speak with law enforcement so they can check on them.

Some residents were clearly frustrated they weren’t allowed back to their homes. One man asked if he would be arrested if he walked back to his property. He was told he’d be arrested if he interfered with emergency crews, and they didn’t want to have to worry about his safety while fighting the blaze.

Firefighters said an announcement will be made once it’s safe for people to return home. At this point, no one is being allowed back in.


Updated 11:14 a.m.

Kern County sheriff’s Sgt. Henry Bravo said there have been some reports of looting in areas affected by the wildfire. He said they have “officers all over the place” but haven’t caught anyone. 


Updated 10:48 a.m.

The fire has currently burned 35,711 acres and is at 0 percent containment, firefighters said during a 10 a.m. press conference at Kernville Elementary School.

Updated 9:39 a.m.

National Weather Service is reporting a high of 96 degrees in Lake Isabella today, with west southwest winds of five to 10 mph. Temperatures are expected to creep into the 100s beginning Sunday and lasting through at least Wednesday.

Updated 9:22 a.m.

A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. to discuss overnight activity of the 30,000-acre Erskine Fire, responsible for at least two deaths, 100 destroyed structures and the evacuation of hundreds living in communities in the Lake Isabella area since it began late Thursday afternoon.

More than 800 firefighters from multiple agencies are working the blaze, which has burned about 80 homes and threatened thousands more. Nearly every community south of Isabella Lake had been recommended for evacuation as of Friday evening.

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