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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Fire burns in Temblors southwest of Taft

  • Air tankers, helocopters and bulldozers brought in to battle fire that burned 93 acres.

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  • Fire broke out in the Temblor Range southwest of Taft Sunday afternoon, burning close to 100 acres before it was contained.
    The fire was reported about 1 p.m. about a mile south of Midoil Road about 3 miles west of Taft.
    It was reported fully contained at 5 p.m. after burning 93 acres.
    It was about 3 acres in size when firefighters first arrived, but it soon spread rapidly as a north wind pushed it into the Temblor Range.?The fire broke out in an area often used for target shooting, and there were unconfirmed reports of  vehicles leaving the area after it broke out.
    Firefighters from Kern County and Bureau of Land Management both responded to the fire. Numerous engines, an air tanker, two water dropping helicopters, two dozers and several hand crews were sent to the fire.
    About 50 total firefighters were on scene.
    Sunday's fire was the first major brush fire of the season on the Westside.
    It came less than a week after the official declaration of fire season.

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