UPDATE (7/26): The Peak Fire is now at 87% containment, according to officials.
UPDATE (7/25): The Peak Fire has now burned 2,098 acres and is at 81% containment, officials said.
UPDATE (7/23): The Peak Fire has now burned 2,096 acres and is still at 57% containment, officials said Friday night.
The fire has injured one person, destroyed one structure and damaged another. The fire is still threatening 40 residential structures. Nearly 600 firefighters and 24 engines are responding to the fire.
UPDATE (7/22 9 p.m.): Officials said the Peak Fire has burned 2,088 acres and is at 32% containment.
UPDATE (7/22): The Peak Fire remained at 2,000 acres and 10 percent containment and California Interagency Incident Management Team 11 assumed control of efforts to contain the blaze Thursday morning, fire officials say.
The fire was burning in dry grass and brush south of Lake Isabella between Walker Basin and the Kern River, according to fire officials. Crews were working to strengthen lines of containment and elite Hotshot crews will scout areas above Rancheria Creek to direct containment efforts and protect the Claraville, Valley View and Twin Oaks communities.
Evacuation warnings remained in place for residents near Walker Basin, Skinner Flat and Claraville.
UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): The Peak Fire has now burned 2,000 acres and is at 10% containment, according to Kern County Fire. Evacuation warnings remain in effect for Walker Basin, Skinner Flat and Claraville.
UPDATE (1:24 p.m.): The fire has now burned 1,752 acres and is still at 5 percent containment, according to fire officials.
UPDATE (9:34 p.m.): The fire has burned 1,600 acres and is 5 percent contained, according to fire officials. Fire crews will work through the night and the next update will be provided at 9 a.m.
The U.S. Forest Service said the cause is under investigation. Officials said multiple wildfires this week were sparked by lightning strikes.
Following are recent wildfires ignited by lightning:
• Hooper – Reported around 4 a.m. Monday by Kern County Fire Department on Hooper Hill above Bodfish. The fire burned as a single tree with sparse ground cover.
• Lomar – Discovered at 9:37 a.m. Monday in the Piute Mountains, north of Lomar Meadow, in heavy dead and down fuels. It burned 3 acres and heavy mop-up continues.
• Troy – Discovered by Bald Mountain Lookout on Monday near Jackass Trailhead. It was contained to a quarter acre and mop-up work continues.
• Hart –Reported at 5:09 p.m. Monday near Weldon Peak. It’s burning in timber and has been boxed in by retardant dropped from two helicopters. The blaze has burned a quarter of an acre.
• Gulch – Reported: Monday about 2:30 p.m. Monday on Black Gulch North, on the north side of the Kern River and Highway 178. The fire burned in grass and a single tree and was contained to about a quarter of an acre. Mop-up continues.
UPDATE (7:52 p.m.): The Peak Fire is now estimated to be around 1,400 acres with 0% containment, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Evacuation warnings remain in place.
UPDATE (6:38 p.m.): An additional evacuation warning has been put in place for the community of Claraville, according to the Kern County Fire Department. A temporary evacuation center has been set up by Red Cross Central California at Kern River Valley Senior Center, located at 6405 Lake Isabella Boulevard.
UPDATE (5:34 p.m.): The Peak Fire is now estimated to be 950 acres with 0% containment, according to the Kern County Fire Department and Bureau of Land Management.
UPDATE (3:50 p.m.): The Peak Fire is now estimated to be 100 acres, according to Kern County Fire. Evacuation warnings remain in place.
UPDATE (3:40 p.m.): Red Cross Central California says volunteers are opening a temporary evacuation point at the Lake Isabella Senior Center to help evacuees. The center is located at 6409 Lake Isabella Boulevard.
Firefighters have issued an evacuation warning in the area of Piute Peak for a brush fire Tuesday afternoon that has grown to 80 acres. Kern County Fire says the fire broke out around 11:39 a.m.