Wildfire near Bakersfield nearly half contained

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Updated: 8/21 12:45 pm

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire burning in steep terrain northeast of Bakersfield that has destroyed eight homes.

Kern County Fire Capt. Derek Tisinger said Thursday that the blaze near Lake Isabella is 48 percent contained after scorching more than six square miles of dry brush.

Eight single-family homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Monday.

Some 200 residents under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

Tisinger says crews are making good progress but a threat remains for some 1,500 homes near Kernville and Wofford Heights.

To the north, a one-square-mile Madera County blaze is 75 percent contained.

The fire started Monday about 16 miles from Yosemite National Park. It destroyed a total of 47 buildings.

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