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Firefighters gain some containment of the Stagecoach Fire

Firefighters stat to gain control of the Stagecoach Fire for the first time Tuesday night
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KCFD still battling Stagecoach Fire north of Kern County.
Posted at 8:27 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 11:27:05-04

After two days of battling the ongoing Stagecoach Fire, firefighters were able to gain some containment for the first time on Tuesday night.

Andrew Freeborn with Kern County Fire says there were multiple factors that aided in the fire suppression.

“Today we had a full 24 hours to be able to be working on this fire. We had lower temperatures calmer winds, high humidity, and more resources on scene.”

He adds that they were able to use a more coordinated approach. “Because we had seen it in the day time we had seen it in the night time.. We knew how the fire was starting to act,” he said.

As of Tuesday night. Those resources included 21 engines, 3 water tenders, helicopters, and dozers, 4 air tankers, and 7 hand crews.

But Freeborn says they will continue to work through the night as the fight is far from over. He says they don’t expect containment until August 17th. “The fire activity is still erratic at times. There have been two homes lost. And one damaged, but hundreds of homes have been saved. And were continuing to monitor this fire because there are still hundreds of homes that are threated at this time.”

And Freeborn is urging all residents visit the site “ready, set, go” this shows homeowners step-by-step instructions for protecting their homes and their families from the dangers of wildfires. For more information, visit www.readyforwildfire.org.