Antelope Fire, pushed by winds has spread into SLO County,
The Antelope Fire continues to burn nearly unchecked in the Temblors Range in northwestern Kern County.
The fire, which was reported at 2,000 acres by mid afternoon, was at reported at 4,700 acres by 7:45 p.m, Kern County Fire Department spokesman Leland Davis said.
There was no estimate of how much containment on the fire.
Firefighting efforts are being hampered by winds blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour and steep hills and canyons in the rugged Temblors.
"Its in really nasty terrain," Davis said
Davis said the fire was expected to burn out of control through the night.
One structure was burned by the fire
It broke out in the McDonald Anticline oilfields at the eastern base of the Temblor range about 12 miles southwest of Lost Hills at 10:48 a.m.
Pushed by erratic winds, the fire spread rapidly from the oilfields into the higher terrain.
It climbed into the Temblors and found heavier fuel as it burned out of the grassland and into the chaparral as it spread west into the higher terrain.
By late afternoon had burned into San Luis Obispo County.
It sent up a column of smoke that was visible from Taft as it drifted south.
Kern County firefighters first responded to the fire and were joined by crews from several different agencies, ithe.federal Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
As many as 10 air tankers were used to fight the fire along with five water-dropping helicopters.
Numerous fire engines, bulldozers and fire engines have also been sent to the fire.
A base camp is being set up at Carrisa Plains School in California Valley.