A 5000-acre wildfire fueled by winds is burning in Sequoia National Forest, near a second blaze that has scorched 350 acres. The fires are burning about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield and 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The larger blaze has forced the evacuation of mobile home residents in Johnsondale and campers at a popular campsite. Forest officials say the blaze, called the “McNalley Fire” has destroyed several structures. No injuries have been reported. Hundreds of federal, state and local firefighters are battling the blaze. Fire information officer Denise Alonzo says it has “good potential to grow to be a massive wildfire.”
The 350-acre wildfire burning in bordering Kern County is 25 percent contained as firefighters work to save homes. Fire department spokesman Tomas Patlan says the blaze has damaged or destroyed ten homes. About 70 residents near Erskine Creek have been evacuated. The causes of both fires are under investigation.