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Homes threatened by Stagecoach Fire as evacuations put in place

Posted at 4:59 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 10:36:29-04

The Stagecoach Fire has been actively burning for over 24 hours nows. 23ABC’s Kallyn Hobmann has been on the scene most of the day speaking with homeowners.

Crews continue to battle the Stagecoach Fire that sparked Monday afternoon, from the air and the ground. One homeowner said he has experienced fires before but this time around is still just as frightening.

“You can never really get used to it. It’s a scary sight for sure. Seeing flames 20, 30 feet high,” said Danny, a homeowner in Havilah.

You can see the flames from his house. He began preparing to evacuate Monday night. He won’t stand his ground if the flames come closer to his property.

“You gotta go. If you gotta go, you gotta go. It’s not about being a hero or anything. It’s just doing what’s necessary.”

One of the first homes to burn in the fire was a total loss. On Monday, 23ABC spoke with the home’s owners as they evacuated the area. Still emotional after losing their property, they thought fire crews should have done more.

“They said the road’s too narrow. We’re not going down there. We’re not defending that," the homeowner said. "So they’re up in all the neighbor's houses and everything. And the fire is going everywhere else, but it’s going straight up in our house and that’s it."

Feeling lost with nowhere to turn.

"Not one person says I’m sorry. Not one person says anything,” she added.

Kern County Fire Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn told 23ABC the fire is difficult to access but crews from agencies across California are here to protect families and their homes.

The fire department says there is a temporary evacuation point at the old K-mart parking lot in Tehachapi.