Fire with epic proportions south of Highway 178 destroyed dozens homes

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It was burning off Erskine Creek Road just south of Highway 178, near Lake Isabella in Squirrel Valley. “I’ve never been in a wildland fire where I’ve seen so many homes burn,” said to the media Kern County Fire Capt. Tyler Townsend. Hundreds of firefighters were flooding the area Friday morning to join in the effort “In a situation like this there’s not enough fire trucks and firefighters to put in front of every structure (…) they’re working whole neighborhoods,” concluded Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall at a news conference Friday morning.

Conditions were the worst they could have been for a fire, said Geri Jackson, a spokeswoman with the Sequoia National Forest, one of several agencies responding to the blaze. 6,488 homes have power out. The wildfire also affected AT&T cell service.

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