Way Fire near Wofford Heights, Kernville nearly 50 pct. contained

WOFFORD HEIGHTS, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Way Fire burning near Wofford Heights and Kernville was 48 percent contained Thursday morning.

The wildfire has consumed more than 4,000 acres of grass, brush and scattered pine since it erupted Monday north of Highway 155.

Eight homes and 10 other structures have been damaged or destroyed in the fire.

All evacuations and road closures were lifted Wednesday afternoon.

No injuries have been reported.

After a community meeting Wednesday evening, Anthony Romero of the Kern County Fire Department stressed the importance of hazard reduction for mountain residents - 100 feet of defensible space around their homes, including removal of all dead plants, grass and weeds from within 30 feet of a home, trimming trees 6 feet from the ground, removing leaves, pine needles and debris from roofs.

The wildfire was first reported in the area of Jeanette Way and Earl Pacsco Road. The fire established itself in a drainage and quickly spread uphill to Split Mountain, according to fire officials. It continued to burn south towards Wofford Heights and east towards Kernville.