UPDATE: 18-acre Oak Fire south of Tehachapi at 70% containment

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UPDATE (July 2, 2021): Bureau of Land Management officials said the 18-acre Oak Fire is now at 70% containment. One firefighting helicopter and a hand crew will remain at the fire until Sunday.

UPDATE (July 1, 2021): A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of an 18-acre brush fire south of Tehachapi on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Land Management has taken over operations to putting out the Oak Fire burning in a remote, mountainous area south of Tehachapi since June 30. Containment is at 50%, according to California Desert District Division Chief Ray Ucha.

Nearly 130 firefighters from BLM, Kern County Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and CAL Fire were called to put the brush fire.

BLM officials say residents can expect firefighting helicopters to continue flying in and out of the area for the next couple days.

UPDATE (3:26 p.m.): The Kern County Fire Department says because of the remote location of the Oak Fire near Tehachapi, firefighters are being flown in to fight it.

The fire is estimated to have burned 10 to 15 acres so far.

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County firefighters are responding to a large vegetation fire southeast of Tehachapi.

The fire broke out at around 1:20 p.m. in the area of Oak Creek and Tehachapi Willow Springs roads. KCFD said the fire is currently about five acres in size.

This article will be updated once more information becomes available.

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