USA — Officials have implemented recommended evacuations for the community of Stallion Springs, as a massive wildfire inches closer to homes.
The community is being threatened by the Comanche Fire. The fire, located in the lower Tejon canyon, has consumed approximately 15,000 acres and is 30% contained. While the fire is threatening Stallion Springs, it is not a threat to the community of Arvin.
Crews say firefighters are moving to protect homes as quickly as possible as the Comanche Fire approaches Jack Hills Road and Horsethief Drive. Firefighter reports on the radio say the fire is moving fast with flames shooting out 40 feet ahead. Residents are strongly advised to leave or be prepared to leave their homes.
Evacuation centers have been established at the Stallion Springs Community Center and at Jacobsen Middle School in the City of Tehachapi.
The Comanche Fire and three others have combined, creating the Comanche Complex Fire.
Here’s an update on each branch of that massive fire:
The Harris Fire has consumed 100 acres, and containment is unknown. That fire is threatening structures in Bear Valley and Stallion Springs.
The Knob Fire, located south of Highway 166 between I-5 and Maricopa, has consumed 1,500 acres and is 90% contained.
And the Wolf Fire, located near Highway 166 and Old River Rd., has consumed 100 acres and is 100% contained.
there has been some confusion surrounding the phrase “recommended evacuation” in Stallion Springs. That is basically a mandatory evacuation, but crews can not force you to leave your home. A recommended evacuation is the last warning you will receive from officials before they leave the area, and with crews being short staffed, Saturday they said they may not be able to come back and check for people who chose to stay behind.
The Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds has been opened to accomodate evacuated large animals. Assistance from those familiar with the handling of horses, goats and other large animals is requested. If you can help, please contact Debi at (949) 291-0551.
At least one person in Stallion needs the assistance of someone with one spot in a horse trailer to evacuate a horse she is babysitting for a friend. If you can help, please contact Melissa at (661) 236-4858.
If you need to evacuate animals, Chelie Burgeson has offered her ranch in Sand Canyon. She reports they have five acres with corrals and she has access to trailers for transport if necessary. The address is 10929 Tanganda Road in Tehachapi. She can be reached at (661) 231-5746, (818) 430-7487, or (661) 803-0163.
Also, Randy Kreps says he has room on his ranch for about five horses. He is located at the “2nd Chance Ranch” on Cummings Valley Road. He can be reached at (661) 972-8395.