Nine California wildfires destroy almost 70,000 acres


Nine wildfires continued to burn throughout California on Monday, as flames left nearly 70,000 acres scorched, and occupied the efforts of more than 5,000 firefighters, according to state and federal fire authorities.

The deadly Erskine fire in Kern County is the largest of the fires and has so far burned 45,388 acres since it began late Thursday, south of Lake Isabella. After destroying 250 structures and causing two deaths, the blaze is only 40% contained.

The fire had initially been suspected of killing three people, but authorities announced Monday one set of remains found in the 4100 block of Fiddleneck, in South Lake, was determined to have belonged to an animal, not a human.


In addition to the Erskine fire, four other major wildfires continue to burn in Southern California, although with much more containment.

The Sherpa fire, which destroyed one structure in Santa Barbara County, has burned 7,474 acres and is 93% contained.

The San Gabriel Complex fire, which is actually two separate fires – the Reservoir fire and the Fish fire – has grown to a combined total of 5,381 acres. The Reservoir fire is 71% contained and the Fish fire is 72% contained.

The southernmost California wildfire, the Border fire, near Potrero, was 90% contained on Monday, and all evacuation orders have been lifted. To date the fire has covered 7,609 acres and destroyed five homes.

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A sixth Southern California wildfire is burning in the Laguna Coast Wilderness, but it is just 50 acres and 60% contained.

In addition to the Southern California fires, three more were burning in the northern part of the state.

The Marina fire in Mono County, which broke out on Friday north of Lee Vining, has burned 654 acres and is 46% contained.

In the Klamath National Forest, the Pony fire continued to burn through 2,858 acres of land, and was 63% contained as of Sunday evening.

Another Reservoir fire, near Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County, grew to 215 acres on Monday with 25% containment.


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