Post Fire burns 1,300 acres, 30% contained [Updated]

Firefighters continue to work on containing a wildfire near Interstate 5 in the Lebec area of the Tejon Pass. The Post Fire is at 30 percent containment, with 1,300 acres burned so far.

"The terrain is steep," said Michelle Puckett of the Bureau of Land Management. "There's a lot of heavy brush and grass, and with the hot temperatures, firefighters are having a lot to battle with."

The area includes pine and oak trees, as well as grass, which are all fueling the fire.

"Fortunately, evacuees were let in last night about 8 o'clock, so all evacuations have been lifted," said Puckett. "So everyone's back in their homes."

Original story:

Firefighters plan aerial attack on Kern County fire

Firefighters are planning an aerial attack on a 1,300-acre wildfire that temporarily forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Kern County.

County fire Cmdr. Mark Geary says low temperatures and higher humidity allowed crews to close in on the fire overnight near the town of Lebec.

Temperatures in the area Wednesday are expected to reach triple digits, making it miserable for crews digging trenches and clearing vegetation.

About 200 homes were evacuated Tuesday but those orders were lifted later in the day.

Authorities are investigating a cause for the fire, which is burning about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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