Kern County Wildfire Contained At 500 Acres

LEBEC, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that briefly threatened 50 homes near a Kern County mountain pass was contained early Saturday, a fire official said.

The 500-acre blaze was declared surrounded at 6 a.m.

"It's not even putting up any smoke this morning," county fire Inspector Tony Diffenbaugh said.

Firefighters expected to remain on the scene through the day, however, to douse remaining embers and hot spots, he said.

The fire broke out about 9:30 a.m. Friday and burned through grassland and brush in the Grapevine area along Interstate 5 in the Tehachapi Mountains.

Residents of some 50 homes in Digier Canyon were advised to leave but the threat ended and the fire basically had stopped growing by Friday evening.

Moist overnight weather kept it down, Diffenbaugh said.

"As soon as the sun went own, the humidity came down quite a bit, so that helped," he said.

About 200 firefighters, aided by aircraft, fought the blaze.

One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury, Diffenbaugh said.

The fire's cause was under investigation.

Lebec is about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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