French Fire burns over 2,100 acres and growing near Lake Isabella, 0% containment; evacuations in place

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The French Fire near Lake Isabella has burned over 2,100 acres and is growing officials said Wednesday evening. Evacuation orders remain in place for nearby residents.

Cindy Thill with the National Forest Service the fire began Wednesday afternoon in an area with heavy timber. The fire was reported in the area of Wagy Flat and Sawmill roads just after 4:30 p.m. Multiple firefighting aircraft have been called to put out the flames.

The fire is at 0% containment and has burned 2,155 acres as of Wednesday night.

Kern County Fire said evacuation orders are in effect for the Sawmill community. The Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation center at the Kern River Valley Senior Center at 6403 Lake Isabella Road in Lake Isabella.

#FrenchFire Update. Evacuation Orders have been put into effect for the Sawmill area/community due to the French Fire. Red Cross will set up a evacuation center at:
Kern River Valley Senior Center
6403 Lake Isabella Road
Lake Isabella, CA 93240 pic.twitter.com/bSwUONMrI5

— Kern County Fire (@kerncountyfire) August 19, 2021

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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