Erskine Fire now 70% contained

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 11:56:05-04

Updated June 30, 2016. 7:40 AM

In coordination with Kern Regional Transit, a shuttle program has been established to take occupants from both evacuation shelters to the Transition Center and to Kern Valley High School at 3340 Erskine Creek Road in Lake Isabella. In coordination with Kern County Fire Department and the Kern County High School District, the Sikh Friends of Bakersfield are offering free meals to Erskine Fire victims, responders and volunteers at Kern Valley High School from 11 PM to 5 PM daily.

Homeowner Re-entry Plan and Remaining Closures There are no evacuations in place. Residents can return to their homes with ID for proof of residency. Kern County’s Office of Emergency Services’ transition center is open to support the needs of recently evacuated residents who are now returning to their homes. The center is located at Woodrow W. Wallace Middle School at 3240 Erskine Creek Rd. in Lake Isabella. Normal hours of operation will be from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Call the Kern County Emergency Operations Center at 661-873-2660 for more information on homeowner re-entry.

The center hours are 8 AM–8 PM daily.

Fire Information Line: Kernville Ranger District Office hours of operation have been changed from 7:00 am - 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Their fire information line is 760 376-3781. Call the Kern County Emergency Operations Center, for information after 4:30 PM. 

Shelters: Will remain in place until further notice. The American Red Cross of Kern County has two shelters open for residents affected by the fire.

St. Jude's Catholic Church
86 Nellie Dent Dr.
Wofford Heights 

Kernville Elementary School
13350 Sierra Way

The Red Cross Safe & Well site is available for those looking for loved ones affected by evacuations:

Road Closures: Hwy 178 is now open. . Road closures continue off of Hwy 178 at McCray Rd and Dogwood, at Entrada and Hwy 178, and Kelso Valley and Kelso Creek Rd.

Safety: Please use caution when driving. There will be increased traffic on the highway from the public, residents, and fire vehicles. Motorists should drive defensively, exercise caution, and reduce their speed.

Recreation Closures: The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Walker Basin Campground to Jawbone Canyon Road. 


Basic Information

Current as of

6/29/2016, 7:05:55 PM

Incident Type




Date of Origin

Thursday June 23rd, 2016 approx. 04:00 PM


Lake Isabella area, Kern County

Incident Commander

Bureau Of Land Management, USFS & Kern County

Current Situation

Total Personnel



46,684 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained


Estimated Containment Date

Tuesday July 05th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved

Brush and short grass

Significant Events

Fire behavior has moderated because of recent rains. Heavy fuels in the Piute fire footprint from 2008 continue to burn


Planned Actions

Patrol and mop-up where needed during night shift.

Projected Incident Activity

Creeping and smoldering is anticipated until the hand line is construction is completed. Heavy fuels continue to burn.


Soft road closures are in effect for the following: Kelso Valley at Kelso Creek, Goat Ranch Road at Jawbone Avenue, Fiddleneck Street at Foxtail Pine Drive and McCray Road at Dogwood.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Partly cloudy in the evening, mostly clear overnight.