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Dozens of structures lost in two wildfires in Kern County

July 27, 2010 |  7:19 pm

Two fast-moving brush fires in remote areas of Kern County have destroyed dozens of structures, according to fire officials.

The most destructive of the fires was burning in the Old Ranch West area near Tehachapi. According to the Techachapi News, at least 20 structures have burned, though other reports place the number somewhat higher.

The Kern County Fire Department said scores of other homes are threatened by the blaze.

"A shelter for residents is currently being set up at Old Jacobs Jr. High School 126 Synder Ave. in Tehachapi," the department said in a statement. "The fire is estimated to be at 400 acres. Approximately 50 firefighters are fighting the fire with more resources en route to the incident"

A second fire is burning near Kernville has destroyed eight homes, fire officials said.

That fire is also out of control.

-- Shelby Grad