Two fires in California burn 36 homes and 16,000+ acres

Two wildfires in California are burning tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes. Here is an excerpt from KABC-TV in Los Angeles:

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KABC) — Fire crews are working to stop two wildfires in Kern County that have burned dozens of homes, forcing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state emergency.

The largest is the Bull Fire, just north of Kernville, which has burned more than 15,000 acres since Monday and destroyed six homes. It is 5 percent contained.

The West Fire in Tehachapi burned more than 1,230 acres and is threatening more than 100 other buildings. It is 0 percent contained.

At least 30 homes have burned in the area of Old West Ranch community. Officials say the number may grow after fire crews get a chance to go out and assess the damage.

The following video was uploaded to YouTube this morning and reportedly is of two wildfires in California but fails to say which ones. But it is a pretty good assumption that it refers to the Bull and West fires. It has some excellent footage of two Aero Union P-3A air tankers, numbers 21 and 25, making some great drops.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Two fires in California burn 36 homes and 16,000+ acres”

  1. According to my friend ROSS T-21 was assigned to the Bull fire for 1 hour then reassigned to West fire for the remainder of the day.
    T-25 flew on the Bull, 33 and West fires yesterday.


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