(UPDATED at 6:05 p.m. PDT August 19, 2014)
The map of the Way Fire near Kernville shows data collected at 2:26 p.m. PDT, August 19, 2014.
The weather in the fire area on Tuesday has been less conducive to rapid fire spread than it was late on Monday when the fire started. Comparing the conditions at 5 p.m. each day, on Tuesday the temperature was 8 degrees lower, the relative humidity was 10 percent higher, the wind was about the same, and the prediction for the humidity at midnight Tuesday night (the humidity recovery) is 17 percent higher than it was 24 hours before.
The Type 1 Incident Management Team is arriving at the fire today. It is likely that information about the fire will be distributed more slowly during the transition and after they assume command.
(Originally published at 10:34 a.m. PDT August 19, 2014)
The Way Fire was reported at 3 p.m. on August 18 north of Highway 155 west of Isabella Lake in southern California and by midnight had spread to within about a mile of Kernville, as you can see in the map below. Wednesday morning the Incident Management Team (IMT) reported it had grown to 3,195 acres.
According to the IMT, “Recommended evacuations in Kernville are Burlando Road, Frontier Lane, and Plater Road.”
Some structures are reported to have burned, but the exact number is not known; other structures are threatened, including in the Wofford Heights area.
The fire has been spreading rapidly and has large growth potential.
In June the Shirley Fire burned more than 2,600 acres on the other side of Highway 155.
— Ed Sherman (@fireimages) August 19, 2014