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Evacuations Ordered as Kern County Fire Explodes to More Than 2,000 Acres

A brush fire that started Wednesday afternoon in Kern County grew to more than 2,000 acres just hours later and forced evacuations. 

The French Fire east of Lake Isabella started around 6 p.m. and exploded to 2,155 acres by nightfall. There is no containment of the fire about 155 miles north of Los Angeles. 

Evacuations were ordered for the Sawmill area. The Red Cross established an evacuation center at Kern River Valley Senior Center, 6403 Lake Isabella Road.

Time-lapse video from a SoCal Edison camera shows the fire burning in heavy brush.

Video showed structures on fire, but it was not immediately clear whether any homes have burned.

California’s wildfires are on pace to exceed the amount of land burned last year — the most in modern history. The blazes also have destroyed areas of the timber belt that serve as a centerpiece of the state’s climate reduction plan because trees can store carbon dioxide.

Most of the fires this year have hit the northern part of the state, largely sparing Southern California, which was expected to see clouds and even a chance of drizzle in some areas Thursday. Fire conditions in the region are expected to get worse in the fall.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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