Kern County evacuees eager to see if their homes still stand

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KERNVILLE, Calif. – Dozens of evacuees camped out at Kernville Elementary School over the weekend as the massive wildfire spread in Kern County.

Residents are eager to be allowed to go back to their properties to see if their homes are still standing. More than 43,400-acres burned in the Southern Sierra Nevada area. The Erskine Fire is now 40 percent contained.

As of Sunday morning, more than 200 structures burned and hundreds more were threatened, Kern County Fire Department spokesman Anthony Romero told Los Angeles Times.

Two bodies, a man and woman, were found outside a destroyed home, fire spokesman said. It appeared they were trying to flee the flames and were overcome by them.

Read more about the Erskine Fire at Los Angeles Times.