Update: Soda Fire contained at 424 acres

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Firefighters extinguish flames on eastern side of Soda Fire as fire burns uphill behind them.

The brush fire burning south of Maricopa was contained Wednesday afternoon after burning 424 acres.

The Soda Fire broke out about 10 a.m. south of Soda Lake road about three miles west of Highway 166.

Kern County, the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service and others, including a crew from New Jersey, aided by air tankers and water-dropping helicopters, battled the fire.

By 4:30 p.m. Cal Fire tweeted that the fire was 100 percent contained.

About 170 people were assigned to the fire.

BLM engines stayed on scene overnight to patrol the fire and look for hot spots.

No structures were destroyed, although an old corral burned.

Air tanker flies over firefighters  at Soda Fire Wednesday