UPDATE (July 3, 2020): Cal Fire confirms the brush fire off of Bena Road and Caliente Bodfish Road east of Bakersfield is fully contained. The Bena Fire burned 2,900 acres.
UPDATE (10:50 p.m.): The Kern County Fire Department said, after being better able to assess the damage Thursday, the Bena Fire burned 2,900 acres. The department said the fire is at 80% containment.
Full containment is expected by Friday, July 3.
UPDATE (July 2, 2020): Kern County Fire says forward progress of the Bena Fire has stopped. Firefighters will work through the night to reach preliminary containment, officials said. An estimate of acreage burned will be known after sunrise.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County Fire says a brush fire east of Bakersfield has burned approximately more than 3,500 acres, threatening several homes.
The Bena Fire is off Bealeville and Caliente Bodfish roads, Kern County Fire officials said. KCFD public information officer Andrew Freeborn said about six to twelve homes were threatened by flames and firefighters are positioned to protect those homes.
No evacuation orders are currently in place, fire officials said late Wednesday.
Crews were called to the fire just after 3 p.m. and has since grown rapidly. Freeborn said multiple waves of firefighters have been called to combat the fire and a water dropping helicopter is ready to work overnight if needed.
There was no word of containment Wednesday night.