Wildfire in Sequoia National Forest Driven by Wind, Dry Conditions

UPDATE: The Shirley Fire burning near the community of Alta Sierra in the Sequoia National Forest is now 1,800 acres. Several roads in the area have been closed as crews work to contain the fire. The Kern County Sheriff's Office has issued evacuations for approximately 500 homes in the area.{}The Red Cross has set up a{}shelter for evacuees at the Lake Isabella Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Drive. A spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service says the fire is only 10 percent contained.A wildfire that started Friday has now burned more than 800 acres and{}firefighters only have it five percent contained.The Shirley Fire is just west of the small community of Alta Sierra in Kern County, about 45 minutes northeast of Bakersfield.Strong winds and dry conditions{}have made it tough for firefighters to contain the fire. Embers flying up to 300 feet away started multiple spot fires. Nearly 300 fire crew members are fighting the flames. Right now there are no evacuation orders. But crews are telling people to be ready to leave, just in case. {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}