Sand Fire now 50 percent contained

Sand Fire now 50 percent contained »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A wildfire that repeatedly shut down a portion of Highway 58 east of Tehachapi was half contained as of Wednesday morning.

The fire erupted around 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Sand Canyon area, between Tehachapi and Mojave. It has consumed 1,400 acres and destroyed one unoccupied building, a bridge and 21 power poles.

The fire, dubbed the Sand Fire, threatened approximately 40 homes, according to Capt. Derek Tisinger with the Kern County Fire Department. However, as of Tuesday night, the homes were no longer threatened.

The fire was also near windmills but didn't pose an immediate threat.

Tisinger said the fire started when a wheel came loose from a boat trailer being towed along Hwy. 58.

The fire had a potential to grow as large as 8,000 acres, but more than 250 firefighters from multiple agencies were brought in, along with six air tankers, five helicopters and six dozers to save the community of Sand Canyon.

Below is video captured by an Eyewitness News viewer on Hwy. 58 east of Tehachapi during the mid-afternoon Tuesday.