Swirling winds and steep canyons hampered efforts to fight a 183-acre blaze Thursday that erupted in vegetation south of Highway 223, five miles east of Arvin, Kern County firefighters said.

The fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. and was 75 percent contained as of late afternoon, according to firefighters. The cause is under investigation.

Air and ground attacks stopped the fire before it threatened structures in the Bear Valley Springs area, firefighters said. Full containment was expected by 8 p.m.

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