150 structures destroyed, 1,500 more threatened by Erskine Fire

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LOS ANGELES – A wildfire burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County has burned down some 150 structures and was threatening about 1,500 others as firefighters worked Saturday to contain the deadly inferno.

Less than two days after breaking out, the Erskine Fire has charred nearly 56 square miles of the Southern SIerra Nevada and prompted the evacuations of numerous local residents, according to InciWeb.

The blaze went from 5 percent containment Friday to 0 percent containment Saturday, according to a tweet from Cal Fire Chief of Public Information Daniel Berlant.

Two people, a man and a woman, died in the fire, the Kern County Fire Department said Friday around noon. Their bodies were found outside a destroyed home. It appeared they were trying to flee the flames when they were overcome, according to Ray Pruitt, a spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities believe the pair succumbed to smoke inhalation. Their identifications have not been released.

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