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Friday, Sep 09 2011 05:34 PM

Canyon Fire: ReadyKern alert warns of potential storm

Firefighting crews have nearly contained the Canyon Fire, started on Sunday, Sept. 4, when a plane crashed on the Old West Ranch about 8 miles southeast of the City of Tehachapi.

But the National Weather Service warns of possible danger this weekend with a threat of showers and thunderstorms tonight and continuing through Sunday.

In a post delivered by the county's ReadyKern alert system, the NWS said "if lightning strikes with no rain occur, the potential for additional wildland fires exists. If moderate to heavy rain occurs, runoff from the rain could cause flooding and/or debris flow.

Residents and visitors are advised to remain of surroundings and to closely monitor weather conditions and be prepared to move to a place of safety if it becomes necessary.

All evacuation related to the Canyon Fire have been lifted and roads are open. That could change depending upon storm conditions.

CalFire has also increased its report of the toll taken by the fire. According to a report issued Friday morning, a total of 32 homes, 30 outbuildings, 19 vehicles and 19 recreational vehicles were destroyed. Cost to fight the fire was reported at $9.4 million.

There is minimal fire activity and some firefighters have been releasted. Remaining fire crews continue to construct control lines and mop up operations. Firefighters are working on controlling hot spot flare-ups and completing controlled burns inside the fire perimeter. Some controlled burns as large as 50 acres, smoke will be visible. Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation teams are making good progress. Due to fire activity there is an increase in demobilization of firefighting resources. As residents return to their communities we encourage them to do a thorough inspection of their property, looking for hazards such as gas leaks, dangerously burned trees, and power lines.

Damage Assessment: The formal Damage Assessment Team completed its final survey and documented the accurate number of affected properties. Note: Vehicles are included in the “Outbuilding/Other Destroyed” category.

Red Cross: Residents who experienced a property loss can contact the Red Cross at 661-824-6427 After Hours 1-800-951-5600.

Additional articles and photos are online at www.tehachapinews.com and www.bakersfield.com.

A special "Canyon Fire" section at www.tehachapinews.com has multiple story and many photos. Additional photos submitted by readers will be posted as time permits.

Send photos and news tips to: editorial@tehachapinews.com.



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