Officials say an electrical line wore down over time, causing the Erskine Fire

Posted at 12:22 PM, Dec 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-22 20:47:15-05

UPDATE (Dec. 22, 2016, 2:13 p.m.) Officials say that the cause of the fire was an electrical line in a tree that wore down over time and exploded during an extremely dry time.

This unfortunate series of events caused the Erskine Fire. The investigation will be transferred to the Bureau of Land Management.


Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall will host a press conference today, Thursday, December 22, to reveal the cause of the Erskine Fire and related investigation.

The Erksine Fire caused devastation across Kern County earlier this year, killing two people and burning over 48,000 acres.

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