BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, BLM, Sequoia National Forest and the Kern County Fire Department held a virtual meeting Monday to discuss the French Fire.
The fire hasn’t moved in at least four days around its southern edge, officials said. Bulldozers and hand crews have secured the line off Rancheria Road.
In the west, heavy equipment was creating line from White Mill Road to Basket Pass. The section of the blaze in the west has experienced minimal growth in the last few days.
Backburning operations Sunday night in the Shirley Meadows area off Shirley Peak connected the main fire to a spot fire, securing the west side Rancheria Road.
The fire has not made its way to Ice House Creek but has made some uphill runs, threatening the community of Alta Sierra. There are no reports of damage there, officials said. A lot of resources are stationed there.
Many resources have also been placed along Evans Road and Highway 155 to hold that area.
Glennville and the Idlewild areas aren’t under any current threat, officials said. Also, Tulare County communities are not threatened.
The fire in the next days would be expected to move toward the Wofford Heights area if no action was taken to stop it.
The cause remains unknown and at least five investigators are looking into it, according officials.
Sgt. Chris Wong said there are road closures for Evans and Wofford Heights Boulevard, Sawmill Road and Highway 155, and Highway 178 and Rancheria Road.
Two Red Cross shelters are open at Woodrow Wallace Elementary School and Kern Valley High School. New evacuees are asked to check in at the high school, where there is more availability.
Three meals a day, snacks and water are provided at the shelters. There are supplies for pets, too. Disaster assistance is free.
Residents are encouraged to register for readykern.com for alerts about natural disaster and other crises.