A wildfire burning in the Sequoia National Forest in central California has set evacuation notices into play for around 500 homes. By late last night, the Shirley Fire came within a mile of a community about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield and recent news outlets have reported the fire has burned close to 2,000 acres. Thankfully, there are no reports of injuries as the firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading any closer to the neighborhoods there.
Once again, hot, dry weather has blamed for the outbreak of this and other fires that have burned across California in recent months.To date, California has already seen more than 2,000 fires burn more than 18,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. With continued drought conditions and higher temps, the state is already bracing for a long and extreme fire season.
For information about how you and your family can stay safer from the threat of wildfire in your area, check out the Firewise Communities Program website. There you'll find checklists, action steps and general wildfire safety information that can help you stay a whole lot safer this summer. Take a look today!
Smoke from the Shirley Fire is visible miles away, despite firefighting efforts. (Photo/InciWeb)