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Monday, Sep 05 2011 01:10 PM

Canyon Fire Update #1

The Tehachapi News will begin posting periodic updates in this location. These updates may not have all of the information previously reported, so please refer to earlier stories if you need more information.

We've had no official word from Kern County Fire Dept. or CalFire since the morning briefing, but we understand the change to CalFire command will take place sometime this afternoon.

In the meantime, more resources are arriving, the aerial firefighting effort is underway and things look much better to us than they did yesterday at this time with much less wind and a bit of a cloud cover which seems to be keeping things cooler. It's obvious that the water and retardant that were dropped yesterday have helped; now the hand crews have to get in and cut line. Lots of hard work.

We have confirmed two structures lost on Old West Ranch and are gathering information which we'll include in a later update.

There has been very little activity at the Red Cross shelter and it looks as if everyone who had a need for help with animals was able to manage that. At this point it seems to us that there are more willing helpers than people in need of help -- that may change later.

We are working on a couple of very interesting stories with photos and will post these as soon as they're complete. We've also received numerous great photos from readers and are working to get these posted. Thank you all!

Send news tips or questions to: editorial@tehachapinews.com. Additional updates will be posted as new information is available.

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