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Sunday, Aug 12 2012 04:42 PM

Raw release: Firefighters continue to battle stubborn Jawbone Canyon blaze

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Kern County Fire Department release; The Jawbone Complex fire is burning in the Jawbone Recreation Area, which is approximately ten miles West of the Jawbone Visitor Center. The current acreage is 7408 with 25 percent containment. Resources include seven hand crews, 50 engines, three helicopters, 14 dozers, and 10 water tenders. The total personnel assigned to the fire are 631.

SoCal Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Jawbone Complex at 6 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters worked all night to create containment lines using existing roads and bulldozers. Fire behavior is extreme when burning in medium to heavy fuels at higher elevations.

There are a number of isolated cabins and properties that are potentially in the path of the fire. An additional concern is a wind energy farm. Weather continues to be warm with the potential of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures over 95 and lower humidity (15 percent) could make fire conditions and behavior very intense at times. Afternoon winds could increase fire spread. Afternoon winds are predicted to be 10 to 15 mph. Nighttime temperatures on the fire line have not dropped below 80 degrees.

Incident priorities are to provide for firefighter and public safety and to protect property, to keep local residents and the general public informed, and to fight fire aggressively while minimizing the impact of fire suppression efforts.

For more news and information visit www.kerncountyfire.org

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