Antelope Fire at 35 percent containment

Posted at 3:29 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 18:29:37-04

Firefighters are continuing to battle a wildfire burning in Tehachapi that is covering 45 acres, but is 35 percent contained. 

Fire officials said multiple lightning strikes were reported in the area and they believe that's what started the fire just before noon on Wednesday.

KCFD said that heavy fuels are requiring extensive mop-up and crews will be committed through Friday. 

Officials added that firefighters are responding to several other fires in the area that are likely caused by lightning. The fires are small at the time.

The fire is currently burning on private land. 

Phil Wyman, who owns Antelope Canyon Ranch where the fire is burning, said he hopes the weather will help curb the blaze.

"It looks like with the help of the (aerial) drops and the face that the wind is proceeding, where there was fire before... we are hoping the fire doesn't go to the west and continues to the east," Wyman said. 

There are 150 firefighters fighting the fire at the time of this post.

KCFD says there are 4 air tankers, 3 helicopters, 15 fire engines and 2 hand crews that are helping to fight the fire, including several inmate crews from Los Angeles county. 

On Wednesday, KCFD officials said that they Air Attack reported a drone in the air space of the fire.

Air Operations were on hold for a short time due to the drone sighting.

On Thursday, KCFD said that Type 3 Stirke Team from San Diego arrived to assist the firefighters. They added that the team consists of two engines from SD Fire-Rescue and ENgines from Chula Vista FD, Poway Fd and U.S. Navy.