Erskine Fire Update July 5, 2016 8:00 AM
Incident: Erskine Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: 760-376-3781 8:00 AM–4:30 PMFire Start: June 23, 2016
Size: 48,019 acres Location: Lake Isabella
Percent Contained: 95% Cause: Under investigation
Total Personnel: 146 Costs to Date: $22.6 million
Unified Command: USFS, BLM, Kern County Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff
Today’s Fire Summary: The type 3 team will transition to the type 4 organization Wednesday at 8:00 AM. Fire crews will patrol the perimeter of the fire and conduct mop-up operations as needed. Smoldering stumps and heavy fuels well within the fire’s perimeter might generate smoke that could be visible for the next several days.
Erskine Fire Close Out Community Meeting: Representatives from the USFS, BLM, and KCFD invite the public to attend a community meeting on Tuesday July 5th at 6:00 PM at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) located at Wallace Middle School; 3240 Erskine Creek Road in Lake Isabella. Officials will present final statistics and thoughts on the Erskine Fire. They will respond to questions from the public. The media may also attend.
Fire Restrictions: A reminder that the June 10, 2016 order issued by the Sequoia National Forest to restrict fire use is still in effect. It includes campfires or charcoal fires, being allowed only in designated campgrounds; smoking confined to enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites and other designated sites; and a ban on fireworks, exploding targets, tracer rounds and other incendiary ammunition or devices in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument at any time. For a full list of fire restrictions and other alerts, visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices for a list of areas.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire Keep fire restrictions in mind while visiting. Hot embers can travel for miles in the wind and it only takes one small spark to ignite a large wildfire. Do your part to prevent wildfires.
Shelters: The shelter at Kernville Elementary will close on Thursday at noon. The Red Cross Safe and Well website is https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.
Road Status: All roads are open with the exception of Piute Mtn Road located within the Forest closure boundary. For more information about the closure visit,
Local Assistance Center (LAC): The center is open at Wallace Middle School, 3240 Erskine Creek Rd. from 9:00AM-6:00PM M-F and 9:00AM-4:00PM Sat-Sun. The center provides information services on disaster relief, how to replace records lost in the fire, and apply for assistance.
The EOC call center hours are intermittent, the number is 661-873-2660. For information about Referral and Social Services, please call 211.