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  • Update: Brush fire controlled after burning 238 acres

  • Fire broke out in mountain south of Maricopa Wednesday morning
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  • The fire burning in the mountains south of Maricopa was contained late Wednesday afternoon after burning 238 acres of brush and grass.
    The fire broke out at 10:41 a.m.
    The first firefighters on scene reported a five-acre wind driven fire.
    Kern County firefighters and federal firefighters from the Los Padres National Forest teamed up and were aided by a water-dropping helicopter and four fixed wing aircraft making fire retardant drops.
    In all there were six Kern County engines, four patrols and five engines from the LPNF as well as two dozers and two handcrews.
    Named the School fire because it was first reported south of Maricopa School, the fire was located north of Cerro Noroeste road east of Highway 33.
    It soon spread on to the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
    There were no injuries, no evacuations and no structures threatened or destroyed.
    The cause is under investigation.
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