3 minors playing with matches start fire near Lake Isabella

Fire is 65 percent contained

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. - Three minors are to blame for a small brush fire that started near Lake Isabella, Sunday, said Kern County Fire officials.

The blaze was reported near Lucern Way and Kern Street just after 3 p.m., but is now 80 percent contained, according to fire officials.

Firefighters along with crews from the U.S. National Forest Service evacuated 10 homes due to public safety, but none were damaged.

"All of a sudden the fire jumped over this way and the head fire man said you need to evacuate," said Brendy Hurley, a resident who was asked to leave her home.

The fire actually blazed so close to Hurley's home that a blanket laying in her backyard had caught fire.

Only 4.5 acres were burned as 150 firefighters and two air tankers worked to help contain the fire.

"They did a drop right over the house and it dropped on me so I turned all pink," described Hurley.

According to Corey Wilford with KCFD, the minors were detained but later released to their parents pending further investigation.

The fire is expected to be fully contained by noon Monday.

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