On Sunday, around five hundred homes in the Wofford Heights of California were ordered to evacuate, as a large, destructive fire in the neighboring Sequoia National Forest suddenly doubled in size overnight. The Shirley Fire has burned around 3.1 square miles near the Lake Isabella and has moved further to within of homes yesterday.
The emergency evacuation center for the Fire is open at Lake Isabella Senior Center. The people who stay at this center can also keep their small animals with them.
If someone needs help regarding the transport and storage of large animals during the fire, they can contact Brain Shaw at 760-223-6736. The suitable care for large animals has been arranged behind the True Value Hardware in Lake Isabella, which will be assisted by the McNally Ranch and the Kern River Valley Community Emergency Response Team.
The Kern County Sheriff Office is currently doing necessary evacuations for the Fire in area of Old State Road to Evans Road, and Alta Sierra to Rancheria Road. The Kern County Human Services and Kern County Red Cross has opened a new shelter at Lake Isabella Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella. Representatives from Kern County Animal Control will be assisting the families with small and large animals and pets.
Update (8:49 am PDT – Monday, 16 June 2014): Firefighters made good progress on Shirley Fire last night, only grew 200 acres to 2200 total – Sequoia Nat’l Forest