Bull Fire nearing full containment

Bull Fire nearing full containment »Play Video
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Bransford

RIVERKERN, Calif. -- Good weather overnight from Friday to Saturday helped firefighters build containment lines around two wildfires that destroyed homes in Kern County earlier in the week.

The Bull Fire, which destroyed eight homes and a few outbuildings as it spread across more than 16,000 acres of the Sequoia National Forest near Riverkern and Kernville, was 81 percent contained, authorities said. The Kern County Fire Department put together a map of the Bull Fire.

There was no timetable for full containment for the fire that had been burning since Monday.

See a gallery of photos from the Bull Fire, many of which were sent in by Eyewitness News viewers.

Meanwhile, the 2½-square-mile West Fire near Tehachapi was 94 percent contained after burning about 30 homes and other structures in a scattered community called Old West Ranch.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency earlier in the week for Kern County as a result of the Bull Fire and the Tehachapi-area's West Fire.

See also photos from this week's West Fire in the Tehachapi area.

The Bull Fire continued to burn in grass and brush on both sides of the Kern River, north of Kernville. Fire activity, however, was moderate over the past couple of days, allowing fire fighters to make excellent progress towards containment, according to an interagency news release.

More than 1,400 crew members remained in the fire fight, assisted by three dozers, 15 water tenders and 13 helicopters. Several helicopters were released from the Bull Fire on Thursday to support the Crown Fire, which broke out in Los Angeles County.

Mountain Highway 99 remained closed from Headquarters Campground to Brush Creek, but no other major closures or evacuations were in effect.

The U-Haul Company of Fresno on Thursday offered 30 days of free storage for those impacted by the wildfires. For more information, people are asked to contact the U-Haul center at 6201 White Lane in Bakersfield.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused, but no suspects or specific cause have been identified. A task force consisting of Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Kern County Fire Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office was formed to investigate the "Bull Fire."

This story contains information from Eyewitness News staff and The Associated Press Reporter Jacob Adelman.