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Calmer winds help firefighters in Kern County

July 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cooler temperatures and calmer winds helped firefighters get the upper hand on two blazes burning in Kern County.

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.