Firefighters work a burning slope just 50 feet above Interstate 5 on Saturday near Digier Canyon. [Meyer photo]
FRAZIER PARK, CA—July 23, 2007; 9:15 a.m.: UPDATE According to Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Captain Doug Johnston, full control of the Digier Canyon fire was obtained this morning at 8:00 a.m. Crews are still working to extinquish hot spots.
FRAZIER PARK, CA—July 22, 2007; 9:40 a.m.: UPDATE Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Captain Benny Wofford informed The Mountain Enterprise on Sunday morning that 100% containment of the Digier Canyon fire has been achieved. Full control is expected by Monday at approximately 8:00 a.m. A total of 320 personnel were involved in fighting the fire and agencies assisting Kern County Fire Department included: U.S. Forest Service, CalFire, Bureau of Land Management, Kern County Sherrif’s Department, California Highway Patrol and The Red Cross. "A total of 340 acres were burned and no structures were lost," said Wofford.
FRAZIER PARK, CA—July 21, 2007; 5:52 p.m.: UPDATE The evacuation order in the Digier Canyon fire has been lifted and the opening of the evacuation shelter will be discontinued. "The progress of the fire has been stopped and we have 50% containment," said Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Captain Benny Wofford on Saturday at 5:52 p.m. "We’re going to start letting folks come back in pretty soon," he said.
FRAZIER PARK, CA—July 21, 2007; 3:20 p.m.: UPDATE Approximately 150 acres had burned by 3:00 p.m. Recommended evacuation is in place for Digier Canyon residents, the highest level evacuation order allowed under California law — "mandatory evacuations" are not issued in the State of California. At 3:15 p.m. the fire was still north of Digier Road, according to Kern County Public Information Officer Captain Benny Wofford. There is no estimate available for control or containment of the fire at this time.
FRAZIER PARK, CA—July 21, 2007; 1:30 p.m.: A brush fire broke out Saturday, July 21 at approximately 11:00 a.m., near Interstate 5 and Digier Canyon, north of Los Padres Estates and Fort Tejon in Lebec.
At 1:00 p.m. the fire was estimated to have burned approximately 100 acres. Radio reports at 1:45 revealed that firefighters were using bolt cutters to enter a property in Digier Canyon where the residents were apparently not at home.
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This is part of the July 20, 2007 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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