New central California fire threatens 100 homes

A Kern County firefighter sets a backfire by a wildfire burning near Lake Isabella, Calif. on Friday, June 24, 2016. Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California, authorities said. (Ryan Babroff via AP)

FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) – A wildfire threatening up to 100 homes in central California has grown to 2.5 square miles.

Kern County fire officials say evacuation orders remain in effect Saturday for residents in the Bear Valley Springs community.

No structures have been burned and firefighters are focused on keeping the blaze from reaching Hart Flat, a community of about 5,000 people. Officials are warning people there to be on alert and prepared to leave their homes if necessary.

The fire, which broke out Friday afternoon, is about 60 miles south of a large and deadly blaze that started near Lake Isabella last week. That fire is 85 percent contained, and resources from it are being diverted to fight the new fire.


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