Calmer winds help firefighters in Kern County

TEHACHAPI, Calif.

The /*Bull Fire*/ near Kernville was 20 percent contained Friday morning. The fire had charred at least 16,074 acres in the Sequoia National Forest and burned 14 structures along the Kern River.

To the south, the /*West Fire*/ in Tehachapi was 44 percent contained Thursday.

Firefighters said gusting winds gave way to breezes, which slowed down the 1,658-acre fire in Tehachapi. The fire destroyed 30 structures, including one man's garage full of prized motorcycles and other memorabilia.

"I've lost my retirement. I've lost my savings. It's gone. I didn't save money. I saved artifacts, antiques, old stuff," said Tehachapi resident Tim Schirey.

Officials said if the weather stays the same, the Tehachapi fire could be fully contained by Friday.

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