Tehachapi-area wildfire now 75 percent contained

Tehachapi-area wildfire now 75 percent contained
The Sand Fire burns along Highway 58 east of Tehachapi on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A wildfire that repeatedly shut down a portion of Highway 58 earlier this week is now 75 percent contained, with full containment expected Thursday.

A wildfire is contained when it's fully surrounded and the risk of spread is greatly decreased. A fire is controlled when it is extinguished.

The blaze, dubbed the Sand Fire, erupted Tuesday afternoon in the Sand Canyon area, between Tehachapi and Mojave. It consumed 1,400 acres and destroyed one unoccupied building, a bridge and 21 power poles.

The fire briefly threatened approximately 40 homes, according to Kern County Fire Department Capt. Derek Tisinger.

Firefighters kept the flames from nearby windmills.

Tisinger said the fire started when a wheel came loose from a boat trailer being towed along Hwy. 58. The loose wheel apparently created sparks, igniting dry grass along the highway.