Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Monday in Central California that has burned nearly eight square miles of grassland wilderness in California's midsection.
The fire started at the McDonald-Anticline Oil Field in Kern County on Sunday morning and quickly spread to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County. No one has been hurt, but an 1800s-era Kern County cattle branding camp was destroyed. The fire is 20 percent contained. There is no estimate for full containment. Some 600 firefighters from as far away as Sacramento and San Diego were on the fire lines, Kern County fire spokesman Leland Davis said. Four air tankers and five helicopters made sorties with retardant and water drops. - ABC Local.
California firefighters are battling a wildfire that has already burned 7 square miles of grassland on a westward run from a Kern County oil field to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County. No structures are threatened. Cal Fire's latest update at 11 p.m. Sunday shows 4,740 acres has burned since the fire started less than 12 hours earlier. The blaze is 20 percent contained, or surrounded. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire started in the McDonald-Anticline Oil Field and moved west into San Luis Obispo County's Temblor Range, some 12 miles southwest of Lost Hills. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. Four water-dropping aircraft are aiding firefighters on the ground. - Mercury News.