Piute Complex Fires Continue to Burn Near Bodfish

Two Major Lightning-Sparked Fires Burning Southeast of Lake Isabella

Two major fires that make up the Piute Complex fire continue to burn southeast of Lake Isabella in the Sequoia National Forest.

The fires were apparently started by dry lightning strikes Friday night, but they weren't reported until midday Saturday.

The first is the Clear Fire, burning near Bodfish. That fire has scorched more than 500 acres. No homes are threatened, but the community of Valley View is under structure protection.

Crews are attacking the fire from the ground and with water-dropping aircraft.

The second fire is the Heald Fire, burning near Kernville. That fire is burning in rough terrain, and is currently more than 300 acres in size.

Smoke jumpers, or parachuting firefighters, have been dropped into the rugged area to fight the fire by hand.

No containment is expected on either fire yet.

Kern County Fire crews were originally assisting with the fire, but the U.S. Forest Service then took over. USFS Public Information Officer Cody Norris tells 23ABC there is now a specialized Type II command team comprised of several crews from different fire agencies that took over at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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