Wildfire Near Tehachapi Burns More Than 30 Homes

July 28th, 2010 - 6:39 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
cnnTehachapi, California, July 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A massive wildlife fire broke out at a distance of 10 miles in the southeast direction of the town of Tehachapi which completely devastated at least 30 homes in the locality. Officials have stated that as many as 200 firefighters were at the scene of the incident to bring the situation under control owing to the fact that around 150 structures were threatened due to the fire.

While revealing information about the incident, Anthony Romero who is an engineer of the Kern County Fire Department revealed that fire broke out around 3 p.m but it quickly engulfed around 50 acres. The fire department engineer highlighted that the strong wind that was blowing in the region was an important factor in enabling the fire to spread across wider areas. However, the officials have not been able to shed any light into the cause of the fire which is still under investigation. A shelter has been established at the Old Jacobs Jr. High School in the Mojave Desert town of Tehachapi after residents of the Old West Ranch were asked to evacuate on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, as per a news release on Tuesday night, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in the Kern County in the southern Central Valley. The statement that was released by the California governor read that the magnitude of the wildfires are so extensive that it requires the combined forces of different regions to bring it under control. It has been emphasized that the state government agencies have been ordered to provide resources to aid the county in this moment of distress.

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