Over 1,100 firefighters are battling the media dubbed Shirley Fire near Sequoia National Park. Over 1,000 homes are threatened by a fire that erupted on Friday evening, northeast of Bakersfield. Various foothill communities were evacuated.
Containment lines were passed on Saturday due to dry brush and high winds.
There are no injuries reported so far.
Until now there were 3 homes that were burned completely while one was damaged. The Forest Service declared that all homes were abandoned.
2014 has been a severe California fire season due to the worst drought in history. The number of wildfires reported in the state is getting worrying: over 1,500 wildfires were reported this year. Extra seasonal firefighters were hired in order to help combat the flames.
The Sequoia National Park covers over 400,000 acres and a large part of it is at danger at the moment, with firefighters not being able to contain the fire. No official statement was issued today but one is expected in the following days.