More than 50 animals – including horses and cattle – are estimated to have burned to death after being caught in a blaze on a property outside Arvin, according to the Kern County Fire Department.
The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Bear Mountain Boulevard and Comanche Road.
The fire was exacerbated due to the weather, officials said.
“It’s unfortunate,” Battalion Chief Jim Eckroth said. “The way the weather is, just a little bit of breeze, that’s what created the most spread of the fire.”
When firefighters arrived, they moved throughout the property attempting to free surviving animals from pens and corrals, Eckroth said.
In addition to horses and cattle, multiple goats and chickens were killed in the fire, Eckroth said.
No humans were injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.