Fires rip through Kern County

July 27, 2010

Two fast-moving wildfires in Kern County Tuesday destroyed more than 30 homes and threatened an additional 150 structures about ten miles southeast of Tehachapi. [Los Angeles Times]

About 200 firefighters were called out Tuesday afternoon to battle the West fire outside of Tehachapi. The fire started around 3 p.m. and grew to 500 acres by early evening. The fire is west of Blackburn Canyon, burning northwest into an area where there is heavy fuel.

Meanwhile, In northern Kern County, an 8-square-mile wildfire, tagged the Bull fire in Sequoia National Forest, has destroyed six homes in Riverkern and forced the evacuation of a camp for juvenile offenders near Kernville. The cause of the blaze, which began Monday, is under investigation, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

About 700 firefighters are involved in the Bull fire, which had consumed more than 5000 acres by Tuesday evening.

There are no reported injuries from either fire.

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