The Erskine Fire erupted Thursday afternoon and within hours destroyed dozens of homes near Lake Isabella, in Kern County. By Friday afternoon, officials estimated that a total of 100 structures had been destroyed, 80 of them homes. Another 1,500 structures were threatened. As of Sunday, 250 structures had been destroyed and another 75 damaged, officials said. “This is going to go down as the most destructive wildfire in Kern County history,” Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall told the Associated Press.
By Monday afternoon, the fire had charred at least 45,388 acres, or more than 70 square miles — an area larger than Washington, D.C. The fire’s rapid growth quickly made it California’s largest of 2016, and by Sunday, it was 40% contained, officials said at a news conference.