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Fast-Moving Way Fire Threatens Homes in Kern County

Aug 19, 2014

Credit Kern County Fire Department

  The Junction Fire isn’t the only wildfire burning through the San Joaquin Valley today.

On Monday afternoon the so-called Way Fire ignited in a drainage near the Kern County towns of Wofford Heights and Kernville. As of Tuesday morning, the fire had rapidly spread to nearly 3200 acres and was threatening hundreds of homes. In a press statement, Kern County Fire stated that multiple structures have been destroyed. Areas in and around the two towns are being evacuated to a high school in Lake Isabella.

Brian Shaw, owner of McNally Ranch, has opened his Lake Isabella land to evacuees looking to find a safe place for large livestock. He first offered up his 20 acres during the Shirley Fire.

“When animal control called me yesterday and asked, can you activate and become a large animal shelter again, I said, no problem.”

He says his ranch can accommodate another 100-150 large livestock.