UPDATE: Officials said the fire has grown to 10,061 acres. No new structures are believed to have burned.
Wofford Heights, Glennville and Tule Creek are not currently in danger.
Southeast winds pushed the fire to just south of Bear Mountain to the west and Shirley Peak to the north. It hasn’t gone over the back of Shirley Peak to threaten structures.
Fixed wing aircraft dropped retardant to secure the southern edge, officials said.
Deputies have assisted the fire department with evacuations and then to secure the evacuated areas with roadblocks and protect property. Tule Creek and Wofford Heights are currently under an evacuation warning, meaning residents should be prepared to leave if an evacuation order is issued.
Evacuation orders came through Friday for Alta Sierra, Shirley Meadows and Evans Flat, officials said.
A shelter has been set up by the American Red Cross at Woodrow Wallace Elementary School on Erskine Creek Road. The shelter is stocked with supplies for pets, too.
“Here in the Kern River Valley we’re no strangers to the fires in this valley,” said Kern County Fire Division Chief Bill Steers. “We’ve had many fire over the years and we’ve come through this together as a community to continue fighting those fires and working through all the suffering when we lose structures and helping our neighbors out through that.”
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A virtual meeting to discuss the French Fire is scheduled for Friday evening.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and Zoom registration is required to participate, fire officials said. Click here to register.
After registering, a confirmation email will be sent with a link and phone number to join the meeting. Officials will record the meeting and post it to the Sequoia National Forest and Kern County Facebook pages.