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Brush fire burns at least 50 acres in Tehachapi

May 11, 2012 | 10:24 pm

A fast-moving brush fire has burned more than 50 acres in the Tehachapi area of Kern County.

There was no immediate threat to any buildings, said Capt. Bill Brickey of the Kern County Fire Department.

First reports of the blaze came in about 7:25 p.m. Friday, Brickey said. Initially, it covered about two to three acres near Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road, about two miles south of Oak Creek Road, Brickey said.

"It is a pretty remote area with a lot of windmills,"  he said. "It gets quite breezy up there, so that’s probably why it has grown so large."

At first, firefighters thought they would be able to control the blaze in a few hours, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. About half a dozen fire engines and a large water truck were initially sent to the fire, Brickey said, and an additional five engines have since been ordered.

Most fires in the area burn themselves out when they reach the desert and run out of fuel, Brickey said.

He added that the road network built to service the windmills may allow crews to reach remote places faster, which would help them control the fire sooner than would otherwise be possible.

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