Evacuations Ordered After Wildfire Ignites in Kern County

(Photo courtesy:  Kern County Fire)

(KMJ) – Evacuation orders are issued for parts of Kern County after a wild fire sparks Tuesday afternoon south of the community of Havilah.

The Peak Fire was first reported just before Noon north of Walker Basin Road.  In the hours that followed, the Kern County Fire Department issued an evacuation warning for residents near Walker Basin, Skinner Flat and the community of Claraville.     And an evacuation center has now been set up:

Kern River Valley Senior Center
6405 Lake Isabella Blvd.
Lake Isabella, CA

The Peak Fire has now burned 1,600 acres of grass and brush near the community of Havilah.  And fire crews says fire is just 5% contained. The cause of this blaze is now under investigation.