Kern River Valley wildfire nearing containment

Kern River Valley wildfire nearing containment »Play Video
Crews battle a wildfire Sunday, July 29, 2012, in the Erskine Creek area of Lake Isabella. (Photo courtesy of Eyewitness News viewer Gary Sherfey)
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A wildfire erupted Sunday afternoon in Bodfish Canyon, just west of Lake Isabella.

The co-called South Fire was 90 percent contained by Tuesday morning, the Kern County Fire Department said.

The fire started in a rural residential area near Alpine Way and Alpine Court and immediately spread in a southerly and upslope direction, burning in grass and scattered brush.

On Sunday, the fire was reported around 450 acres, but after more accurate mapping Monday evening, fire investigators said it was 271 acres.

Forty-nine homes continued to be threatened, but there were no reports of damage.

More than 500 firefighters from multiple agencies were battling the blaze with the aid of 11 aircraft, according to the fire officials.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials warned residents to be careful with barbecue grills, campfires, stoves and smoking during dry summer conditions.