Wildfire in Wofford Heights triggers evacuation order
Residents of the Wofford Heights area, around thirty miles northeast of Bakersfield, were forced to evacuate their houses and move to a safer area as firefighters could not extinguish a nearby wildfire.
The Kern County Sheriff's office confirmed late Saturday that the smoky wildfire burning in Southern California forced them to get as many as 500 homes in the area evacuated.
The authorities passed the evacuation order due to the fear that the smoke emitted from the so-called Shirley Fire could cause respiratory issues for residents of the area.
By late Saturday night, fire had engulfed more than eight hundred acres and firefighters could not contain more than 5 per cent of the fire.
Leland Davis, a spokesperson for the Kern County Fire Department, said, "Facing very erratic, shifting winds, we do try to strongly advise people to get out of the area. It was in very remote area with some homes, kind of a popular recreation destination."
The cause of the wildfire, which was first spotted on Friday, is yet to be determined. The fire department could not confirm what sparked the fire.
A wildfire can be sparked by a cigarette butt, poorly extinguished campfire, a spark from a passing train, as well as natural causes like lightning. Ongoing draught makes California more prone to wildfires.
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