Fort Tejon-area wildfire 75 percent contained

Fort Tejon-area wildfire 75 percent contained »Play Video
The Water Fire burns Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in the Fort Tejon area of southern Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Javier Posadas)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A wildfire that stared burning Tuesday morning was 75 percent contained and 612 acres by Wednesday morning, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

The Water Fire is west of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine, north of the Fort Tejon exit. The fire is near an area already scorched by a wildfire that started Friday. The first fire was declared fully contained Tuesday.

"The edge of this new Water Fire is in line with the old Rancho Fire, and they've burned together," fire department spokesman Sean Collins said Tuesday.

The Rancho Fire had threatened residents in Digier Canyon, so on Tuesday they were dealing with a second blaze just a few days later.

Twenty-five homes were still classified Wednesday morning as threatened, the fire department said.

Forward progress of the Water was stopped overnight, and fire crews worked throughout the night to build a fire line around the perimeter, the fire department said.

Officials are expecting minimal fire activity throughout Wednesday, with heavier fuels inside the burn area requiring extensive mop-up, according to the fire department.