Wildfire burning northeast of Bakersfield nearly half contained after scorching 6 square miles

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire burning in steep terrain northeast of Bakersfield, California.

Kern County fire officials say the blaze near Lake Isabella is 48 percent contained after scorching more than six square miles of dry brush.

Eight single-family homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Monday.

Some 200 residents under evacuation orders were allowed to return home yesterday evening.

Fire Capt. Derek Tisinger says crews are making good progress but a threat remains for some 1,500 homes near Kernville and Wofford Heights.

To the north, a one-square-mile Madera County blaze is 75 percent contained. The fire started Monday about 16 miles from Yosemite National Park. It destroyed a total of 47 buildings.

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