Brush fire burns 400 acres, prompting evacuation warnings in Kern County

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Firefighters are working to contain a brush fire that sparked Friday morning in Kern County, according to authorities.

The Sherwood fire started around 10:15 a.m. in the area north of Sherwood Avenue and Famoso-Woody Road, east of Highway 65 and north of Bakersfield, according to Cal Fire. The fire was 20% contained as of 2 p.m., at which point it had grown to 373 acres.

An evacuation warning was issued for the area north of Famoso Road and Famoso-Woody Road, south of Garces Highway, east of Porterville Highway and west of Bakersfield-Glennville Road.

The fire has burned dry grass and rolling hills, spreading at a moderate rate of speed that’s been fueled by the wind, according to Jon Drucker, Kern County Fire Department public information officer. There were several homes in the path of the fire; one was deemed at risk and firefighters were at the home to try to protect it.

The blaze’s forward progress was stopped before it got to the house, Drucker said.

Crews are planning to stay overnight to work on the smoldering portions of the land within the blackened area, according to Drucker.

“While they’re working here, they will keep eyes on it and we’ll have fire watch in place throughout the night and into the morning,” he added.

Firefighters are fighting the blaze with the help of aircraft flying in from Porterville, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Carlos Molina. Temperatures were around the low 70s Friday afternoon, with northwest winds around 10 to 12 mph.

“As the smoke comes up, it’s pushing everything southwest in that area,” Molina said. “Because the winds are not too strong right now, [firefighters are] getting a good handle on the fire.”

Temperatures are expected to rise an additional 10 to 15 degrees between Friday afternoon and Sunday, meaning they could get into the mid-80s, Molina said. The relative humidity will also drop to around 15% to 19% by Sunday.

“As the conditions worsen a little bit, they may not be favorable for putting the fire out,” he added.

Molina recommended that residents in the area pay attention to officials and local law enforcement and leave the area if an evacuation order is issued. Not only will it keep people safe, he said, but it’ll also allow the firefighters to focus on fighting the blaze instead of conducting rescues.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.