Erskine Fire survivors prepare for another threat as winter approaches

Kern River Valley residents gather information on how to better prepare for disasters in the future. (KBAK/KBFX)

It's important to be prepared for a disaster at a moment's notice.

Survivors of the Erskine and Cedar Fires know this better than most.

With the fire behind them, residents of the Kern River Valley are preparing for another threat: mudslides and flooding. Officials now encourage locals to sign up for ReadyKern, the county's free emergency information service.

Around 48,000 charred acres of land now pose as a dangerous area for the threats.

"Anytime you end up with rain on a burned hillside with no vegetation, it begins to run down the path of least resistance," Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said after the meeting.

Neither fires or floods will will move residents like Sue Kauffman from the place they call home.

"I don't want to go anywhere else," she said.

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