Erskine Fire, which wreaked havoc in the Lake Isabella area of Kern
County north of Los Angeles, California last Thursday, has already
threatened over 1,500 lives and burned down about 200 homes.
remains of two elderly people - a man and a woman - were found on
Friday, the Kern County Fire Department said.
said that the bodies were discovered outside a burned-down house, and
it seemed that the pair were trying to escape the flames when they
set of remains has been found on Saturday, but authorities have not
yet confirmed whether they were human.
located what we believe are human remains," Ray Pruitt,
spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office, told Los
are treating it like a crime scene. ... It appears to be one set of
human remains, pretty badly burned."
Sunday that death toll may continue to rise. Cadaver dogs were also
brought in to search for remains.
announced that the fire was 40 percent contained on Sunday night.
Erskine Fire had grown from 37,000 acres to 43,360 acres during the
day, racing through rural communities and wiping out entire blocks.
Authorities said on Sunday that about 2,500 homes remain under
Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and authorized the use of
funds and resources to fight the fire, ABC
cause of the fire is still a subject of criminal investigation. But
Kent County Fire Engineer Anthony Romero told NBC that the scorching
weather could make it difficult for fire fighters to contain the
something we have to keep an eye on," Romero said. "It
could spark another disaster."
hot and dry weather have contributed to massive wildfires in Southern
California in the past week, including twin fires in the San Gabriel
area that burned 5,267 acres and another in San Diego County, which
affected 7,609 acres. But according to fire authorities, most were
almost 60 percent contained.