Wofford Heights fire reaches full containment, leaving 9 homes destroyed

Damage from the Calgary Fire in Wofford Heights, Calif., is seen Monday morning, Aug. 7, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX/ Claudette Stefanian)

NOTE: This story was last updated at 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7.


WOFFORD HEIGHTS, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- The Calgary Fire burning east of Wofford Heights is holding steady at just over 50 acres Monday, with Kern County fire officials saying they've reached 100 percent containment.

The fire erupted Saturday and destroyed nine homes, five outbuildings and six vehicles. Fire Chief Brian Marshall said quick action by firefighters "saved hundreds and hundreds of homes that were in the path of that fire."

Marshall said firefighters were faced with a wall of flames being driven downhill by the wind.

The fire chief said this had the potential to be more destructive than even last year's Erskine Fire, which destroyed more than 280 homes and killed two people in the Kern River Valley.

The cause of the Calgary Fire is under investigation. Marshall said they're seeking information on a possible Chrysler LeBaron with a flat tire that might've played a role. He said they want to talk to that driver.

Evacuations have been lifted. Highway 155 has reopened.

Officials are warning of unhealthy air quality in the Kern River Valley and advised people to limit outdoor time.

Residents are also asked to keep clear of firefighting equipment and activity.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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