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Way Fire burns 3,367 acres, 5% contained

WOFFORD HEIGHTS, CA - Fire officials released new information on the way fire overnight. It has now grown to 3,367 acres in the Wofford Heights area, northwest of Lake Isabella. The fire is now 5% contained.
/ Source: KGET-TV

WOFFORD HEIGHTS, CA - Fire officials released new information on the way fire overnight. It has now grown to 3,367 acres in the Wofford Heights area, northwest of Lake Isabella. The fire is now 5% contained.

At last check, 200 homes  in both Wofford Heights and Kernville are under threat from the flames.

A preliminary investigation by fire officials confirmed eight homes have been destroyed and 10 outbuildings damaged.

Justin Speight's family lives in Wofford Heights. He said, "You never think of it, until it happens."

For many people living in the Wofford Heights area, fire evacuations are not uncommon. Speight said this time, the fire hit close to home.

"There was fire right next to our house. My mom was really freaking out. We've lived up here for almost 17, 18 years now and this is the first time it's gotten this close," Speight said.

Speight's family evacuated from their home on Mar Vista Drive, one of the most damaged areas.

Kern County Fire Captain Derek Tisinger said, "We never like to have any structures destroyed by fire. We do our best to make sure that we can save as many as we can. Unfortunately, some times we can't do enough and we gave it our best effort and we're proud of the structures that we were able to save."

Although its growth is slowing, firefighters say the battle isn't over yet.

Tisinger said, "At this point, we're planning for the worst and hoping for the best."

Local homeowners say they're doing the same.

"That fire is just on the other side of the mountain where people live, "said Homeowner Mary Jane French.

Homeowner Susie Detrick said, "Everything that means anything to me, is in my truck, now."

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Faith Community Church on West Panorama Drive in Wofford Heights. Fire officials are expected to discuss the status of the fire, evacuations and road closures.

Kern County Fire is advising people living along these roads to evacuate: Rodgers Road, North and South Frontier Trail, South and West Burlando Road, Whitney Road, Grove Park Way, Silver Mine Drive, Frontier Road, Bristlecone Drive, Sycamore Drive. Fire fighters have added -- Sierra Vista, Needham Drive, Loma Lane, Sargent Lane, Adams Road, and Mar Vista Drive. All these roads are closed from Highway 155 in Wofford Heights.

A Red Cross shelter is set up for evacuees at Kern Valley High School. Anyone who's been affected by the fire can call the local Red Cross office at 661-324-6427.

The governor's office pegs the cost of fighting this fire so far at $1.2 million.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.