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Tuesday, Aug 23 2011 03:07 PM

Desert fire near windmills

On Sunday, Aug. 21, at approximately 2:50 p.m., a call was received by the Kern County Fire Department for a first alarm grass fire near Backus Road in the desert near the windmills.

Approximately 40 Kern County firefighters with assistance of Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service aircraft, hand crews, dozers, Helicopter 408, and fixed wing aircraft for retardant drops responded to this incident.

Fire crews arrived to a fire moving at a moderate rate of spread in steep terrain, which burned approximately 200 acres. Fire personnel were expected to remain of the scene all day Monday for heavy mop-up.

Reportedly a lot of Joshua trees will need to be felled as once they catch fire it becomes necessary to tear them up to put them out.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Kern County Fire Department issued a reminder to residents to keep up with hazard reduction and have a 100-foot defensible space around their home.

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