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FIre burns more than 600 acres near Highway 166

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

A wind-driven brush fire burned almost 700 acres of grass south of Highway 166 near the Wind Wolves Preserve Tuesday.

The fire broke out just before noon and spread rapidly .

It was pushed by winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with higher gusts

Numerous Kern County firefighters, including patrols and engines from Taft and Maricopa, battled the fire. The were aided by air tankers, helicopters and Cal Fire engines from the coast

By 4:30 p.m., it had burned 685 acres and was 50 percent contained, according to reports from the scene.