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Monday, Jun 20 2011 04:28 PM

Crews bring Antelope fire under control

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    Fire trucks make their way from the Antelope Fire to base camp in the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills on Sunday night. Though the fire has moved over the hills and in to San Luis Obispo County, flare-ups are still a visible concern.

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    Kern County firefighter Richard Murillo puts together a map of the Antelope Fire to help estimate the size of the fire and the percentage contained. Murillo was working from the base camp in the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills on Sunday evening.

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    Firefighters with Los Angeles County and the Bureau of Land Management discuss the Antelope Fire in the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills on Sunday evening.

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    As of Sunday night, the only structure lost to the Antelope Fire was an abandoned ranch house (pictured) in the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills.

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    A Bureau of Land Management firefighter rests at the base camp in the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills during the Antelope Fire on Sunday evening.

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    A fire department helicopter returns from a water drop in the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills during the Antelope Fire on Sunday evening.

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    By Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

    Firefighters with Kern County and Los Angeles County head into the hills to the south of Highway 46 outside of Lost Hills to battle the Antelope Fire on Sunday evening.

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BY JOHN COX, Californian staff writer jcox@bakersfield.com

LOST HILLS — Dying winds allowed firefighters to take control Monday of the Antelope Fire, a 5,196-acre, 19-mile circumference wildfire that broke out by an oil field near Lost Hills Sunday and spread west into San Luis Obispo County.

Fire crews and equipment were pouring out of western Kern County by the early afternoon as firefighters began mopping up around charred grasslands and blackened hillsides in the Temblor Mountains.

Kern County Fire Engineer Leland Davis reported at about noon Monday that the fire was 75 percent contained. Later in the day it reached 90 percent conatainment. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“The wind has been very favorable to us since (Sunday) night,” Davis said. He added that in addition to difficult access and minimal water resources, gusts were a big factor in the fire’s fast spread Sunday from its origination eight miles southwest of the intersection of Highways 33 and 46 into San Luis Obispo County, where it burned 908 acres.

Two buildings were destroyed in the blaze, both of them unoccupied; Davis said one of the buildings had a degree of historical significance as a cowboy camp. Oil field equipment was threatened but not damaged. One firefighter suffered a minor hand injury.

Nearly 600 firefighters were called in from departments in Kern, Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. The federal Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the state Department of Corrections contributed personnel and resources as well.

Equipment used to fight the fire include five water-dropping helicopters, four air tankers, 38 fire engines and eight bulldozers, the county Fire Department said in a news release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Davis said.

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