BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The French Fire continues to burn in a heavily wooded area near Lake Isabella. The fire has burned 10,061 acres since Wednesday and evacuation orders remain in place for nearby residents.
The fire began just after 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 near Wagy Flat and Sawmill roads, officials said.
Officials said it is at 5% containment.
Fire officials are hosting a virtual meeting Friday evening:
Wagy Flat Road east to Lake Isabella, between Old State Road south to Keyesville.
Keyesville south, from the intersection of Black Gulch Road and Forest Route 26S06, continuing east to Highway 155.
Rancheria Road east to Wofford Boulevard, between State Route 155 south to Old State Road.
Black Gulch area, north of Highway 178
The Red Cross has an evacuation center at Woodrow Wallace Elementary School at 3240 Erskine Creek Road in Lake Isabella. Volunteers will be on hand providing meals, emotional support and other resources, the Red Cross said.
Residents going to the shelter are encouraged to bring any needed prescription and other medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents. Diapers, formulas and toys should be brought for children and infants.
Kern County Animal Services said residents who needed to evacuate and left animals behind, can contact the shelter to assist them and their pets. Call 661-868-7100.
Timelapse video of the French Fire as seen from Alta Sierra:
Highway 155 is closed between Glenville and 2 miles east of Alta Sierra.
Keysville Special Recreation Management Area is closed because of wildfire danger, the Bureau of Land Management said.
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