Fires are not foreign to Tehachapi; a short jaunt through history shows it.
Old West Ranch in particular was hit hard in recent years. In 2010, two men started a 1,700-acre fire by launching sparks into the brush while cutting steel pipe with a mechanical saw.
Around Labor Day 2011, a plane crashed on Old West Ranch and sparked another fire, this one consuming 14,585 acres, 32 residences and dozens of other structures. Known as the Canyon Fire, it cost about $10.3 million to fight.
Other fires closed in on Tehachapi that same year. Although the Comanche Fire that plagued Stallion Springs was started by lightning outside of Arvin, it spread toward Tehachapi until it was finally contained around Sept. 16, 2011, after chomping through 25,945 acres.
Lightning sparked another fire Sept. 10, 2011, but this time in Keene. The six Keene Complex Fires burned 10,470 acres total.
Although Tehachapi has avoided major fires for the past two years, officials continue to stress the importance of brush clearance and other practices to be as fire safe as possible.