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Cool, calm weather aids battle against Tehachapi fire

July 29, 2010 |  8:54 am

Cool morning temperatures and calm winds were helping firefighters Thursday to continue making progress against a wildfire near Tehachapi, Calif., that has burned 25 structures.

The blaze still threatens about 150 homes but was about 25% contained Thursday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The more than 1,400-acre fire about about 70 miles north of Los Angeles erupted Tuesday.

Firefighters expected to have it fully surrounded by Friday.

Another Kern County fire, which began Monday in Sequoia National Forest, was 12% contained Thursday morning,  the U.S. Forest Service said.

It has burned about 16,000 acres and eight homes.

-- Jean Merl

Photo: Andy Lore of the Rialto Fire Department works on a steep hill in Tehachapi Wednesday afternoon. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times