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Shirley Fire North of LA Forces Evacuation of 500 Homes

By    |   Monday, 16 June 2014 08:01 AM EDT

A wildfire about 130 miles north east of Los Angeles prompted the weekend evacuation of about 500 homes as hundreds of firefighters tried to contain what's being called the Shirley Fire or Lake Isabella Fire.

The wildfire was only five percent contained and burning over 800 acres, sending smoke plumes across the Kern River Valley, reported Reuters.

Mandatory evacuations of about 500 homes in proximity to the blaze northeast of the city of Bakersfield started Saturday, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff's office.

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Nearly 300 firefighters were working to contain the wildfire, which broke out Friday and has been fanned by winds and dry conditions, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

Warm temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity through Wednesday could complicate firefighting efforts, according to Accuweather.

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A wildfire about 130 miles north east of Los Angeles prompted the weekend evacuation of about 500 homes as hundreds of firefighters tried to contain what's being called the Shirley Fire or Lake Isabella Fire.
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