7,000 acres consumed by Mojave Desert wildfires
The incident involves a pair of wildland fires, the Jawbone and Rim fires. The Jawbone Fire had burned 905 acres and was 55 percent contained Monday, according to the Kern County Fire Department. The Rim Fire had burned more than 6,000 acres and was 17 percent contained.
More than 700 crew members have been assigned to the fires, using both ground and air equipment to douse the flames. Monday, the California Air National Guard will use helicopters for water-dropping and support missions.
The Rim Fire made a run to the south Sunday during the period of erratic winds and thunderstorm activity. Fire behavior Monday will continue to be influenced by thunderstorms that will develop throughout the area, the fire department said.
The fires started Friday afternoon from thunderstorm activity.
Three windmills have been lost. There are a number of isolated cabins and properties that are potentially in the path of the fire.
The fire is now burning into an area with no recorded fire history, and the brush and trees are very combustible.
There is a soft closure of Jawbone Canyon Road, which is the access point to the Jawbone Recreational Area.