A large fire in north Bakersfield sent horses running and their owners scrambling as the flames blew through the Kern River Parkway Thursday.
According to the Kern County Fire Department, the fire started around 2 p.m. in the area of Manor Street and Roberts Lane. The fire was moving quickly, threatening structures on the north side of the Kern River as well as stables in the area. The fire burned on both sides of the river, west of the Manor Street Bridge.
The Kern County Fire Department says the fire burned 20 acres in all. Officials say 100 personnel responded from various agencies including the Kern County Fire Department, the Bakersfield Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management as well as Kern County Fire Department recruits.
Livestock north of the river were evacuated, including dozens of horses. The fire burned within 20 feet of the stables and a house.
The fire was contained Thursday evening.
This cause of the fire is under investigation. If you have any information, call the Fire Tip Hotline at 1-877-FIRE-TIP.