Evacuations called after French Fire in Kern County explodes


French fire in Kern County led to evacuation after the flame started Wednesday morning and grew significantly Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, the fire burned 3,233 acres and was zero percent contained, Cal Fire said. The blaze started like a brush fire.

The Kern County Fire Department said the following areas are under evacuation orders: Wagy Flat Road east of Isabella Lake between Old State Road south of Keyesville.

An evacuation warning was added near Wofford Heights, from Rancheria Road east to Wofford Boulevard, between Highway 155 south of Old State Road.

There is an evacuation center at Lake Isabella Senior Center at 6407 Lake Isabella Road in Lake Isabella.

The French fire quickly grew from 2,600 acres to 3,233 acres, Kern County Fire said Thursday afternoon.

Photo shows structure being burned, but more information was not immediately available.

As of Thursday evening, at least eight large wildfires were burning statewide, the majority of which are located in Northern California.

The largest of these fires, the Dixie Fire, started July 14 and burned more than 678,000 acres. It is 35% winning.

For the latest update, check out Kern County Fire Twitter page.

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