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150-acre Kern County wildfire 75% contained

June 7, 2011 |  8:14 am

An air tanker makes a fire retardant drop Sunday on the Key fire

The Key fire near Lake Isabella in Kern County was 75% contained Tuesday morning and favorable weather conditions gave firefighters hope it would be easier to extinguish.

"It's still burning, but not ferociously," said Kern County Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins, adding that with humidity on the rise, "I would expect to see quite a big improvement."

The estimate of the area burned by the fire has been revised downward to 151 acres based on data from global positioning systems, Collins said.

About 300 firefighters have been assigned to the fire along with water-dropping helicopters and planes spreading fire retardant.

The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon, burning through heavy grass and forest in steep terrain accessible only by foot and helicopter.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.


200-acre brush fire near Lake Isabella is 50% contained

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: An air tanker makes a fire retardant drop Sunday on the Key fire. Credit: Casey Christie / The Bakersfield Californian