Firefighters raced against a setting sun to battle the Canyon Fire as Tehachapi residents gathered in their yards and along roadways to watch.
The fire started at about 11:30 a.m. when a small plane crashed on the Old West Ranch, location of the devastating 2010 West Fire. With rugged terrain, dense dry brush and erratic winds, firefighters knew early on that the Canyon Fire had the potential to grow quickly and firefighting resources were ordered from around the state.
With darkness, the aircraft will be off the fire, but the work of hand crews — and units assigned to structure protection — will continue through the night. As of 5 p.m. the fire had grown to more than 1,000 acres and a mandatory evacuation was ordered of all land south of Highline Blvd. between Dennison Road and Tucker.
The Salvation Army set up an assistance center at the command center.
In Tehachapi, the Red Cross and Tehachapi's CERT were set up with shelter center at Jacobsen Junior High School, 711 Anita Dr. Entrance is off of Snyder near the swimming pool. To reach the Red Cross with questions about the Tehachapi shelter by phone call 661-324-6427 during business hours or 1-800-951-5600.
Kern County has a unit coming up from Animal Control in Bakersfield and number of area residents have offered to assist with animals or in other ways. Here is the latest information:
Terry Kristie and John 822-3670 or 972-5140 will haul and pasture horses.
Janice from STOP 599-6400 will help with animal needs.
Samara and Kyle 466-4449, transportation of any items
Chad Steele, 817-2898, has land to keep horses, goats, etc. No dogs.
The Tehachapi News will post other information as it becomes available.
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