A large pile of trash caught fire at the Tehachapi Landfill located at the 13000 block of Tehachapi Boulevard, shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16.
By the time the Kern County Fire Department crews were dispatched at 2:50 p.m., the fire had spread to a pile of wood chips with an exposure to the east side of the property.
According to a fire department news release, several spot fires were started from flying embers in a wildland area east of the property. Nearby houses were briefly threatened; however, bulldozers and aggressive firefighting tactics were used to protect the land and stop the progression of those fires. A deep-seated fire, windy conditions and water supply issues were hampering firefighting efforts on site.
In all, 30 firefighters were called from Kern County and assisting agencies. Crews remained on the scene for several hours before being turned over to landfill employees. It is expected to burn for several days, the news release said.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.