Many people work to save their homes in Wofford Heights during Way Fire


As the flames continue to burn, families look for ways to save their homes.

Susan martin spent part of the afternoon packing her bags and filling up her car with personal belongings, trying to out run the fire.

“We just packed up clothing and food and personal items. We’re just going to go down to the camp ground if we need to,” she said.

Martin has lived in her home for 34-years.  She has seen her share of wildfires but this one she says is different becomes its so close to her property.

“It appears to be going up over the mountain, they said they can see it from Kernville,” said Martin.

Hundreds of acres have already been burned.  At least two hundred homes in the area are being threatened by it.  Fire officials say flames could burn for days.

“I feel bad for the homeowners because it looks like its coming up their homes and there’s nothing these guys can do about it,” said Mark Dunn who was visiting the area.

Three hundred Kern County firefighters are working the wildfire with help from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

“We’re controlling it around the Kernville and Wofford Heights area as best as we can. We have strike teams of engines, dozers, hand crews and we’re doing our best to keep it out of structures and drive it more into the wild land type areas,” said Capt. Derek Tisinger of the Kern County Fire Department.

Neighbors are ready to go, but one man is using most of his time to drive up and down the hills helping those in need as they prepare for possible evacuations.

“You should always have a plan.  You never know with these times and what’s going on in the world.  You should always be prepared,” he said.

Leaders with the Kern County Fire Department say there is no cause just yet of this fire, but it remains under investigation.


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