Additional firefighting resources are being called in as a wildfire continues to burn out of control in the mountains southeast of the City of Tehachapi.
According to Capt. Victor Cruz of the Kern County Fire Dept., the fire call came about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, following the crash of a Cessna 210, reportedly out of Southern California. Details about the crash have not been released.
Closure of air space around the fire has resulted in closure of the nearby glider port. An individual who was at the gliderport before the plane crash reported seeing the plane circling the area before it crashed.
Posts by individuals monitoring fire radio traffic to the website www.wildlandfire.com indicate that the fire started in grass in the Old West Ranch area near an area burned in the 2010 West Fire. That fire burned 1,658 acres and destroyed 23 homes and additional outbuildings.
Firefighters are working to get structure protection in place and the Tehachapi Police Dept. is coordinating a mandatory evacuation of Old West Ranch. The staging area for firefighters is along Snowshoe Lane, a loop road on Old West Ranch. The fire is reportedly moving away from the previously-burned area. A firefighter familiar with the area reported that the area includes heavy fuel including beetle-infested trees.
Some air resources were diverted en route because of a fire breaking out in the Porterville area.