Firefighters gain upper hand on Jawbone Complex
The fire is burning in the middle of three wind parks, said Jim Wilkins, a spokesman for the incident team. It threatened hundreds of wind turbines, damaged at least three and forced others offline.
August 16, 2012
by Rebecca Kheel
in The Bakersfield Californian
A huge change to favorable weather Wednesday helped firefighters gain the upper hand on the Jawbone Complex.
By nightfall crews had the 1,987-acre Jawbone Fire 100 percent contained. The bigger Rim Fire, at 10,478 acres, was 70 percent contained.
"The wind died down. The weather was favorable for us. The wind wasn't pushing the fire anymore," fire information officer Angie Goldman said. The "extreme fire behavior" had dissipated.
Still, about 1,178 personnel remain on the lightning-sparked blaze that began Friday 20 miles north of Mojave.
"The best part is we are reaching our containment goals and... [continue via Web link]