The Tarina Fire that started Friday at Breckenridge Road near Tarina Court has continued to grow.

According to the Kern County Fire Department, the fire has grown from nearly 1,700 acres as of Friday night to nearly 3,000 on Saturday. It has been 40 percent contained as of around 1:30 p.m., with more than 200 firefighters at the scene.

"Crews working on the fire line [are] making good progress," the department said in an update Saturday afternoon. 

The fire department said it expects the to be fully contained sometime tomorrow.

KCFD said that at around 2:48 p.m., it received a call about a 15-acre grass fire. Initially, around 100 firefighters responded to the scene, but that has since doubled. The department is being assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and the Bakersfield Fire Department.

Crews are still working to contain the spread of the fire with a coordinated attack including: fire apparatus, fire dozers, hand crews, helicopters and air tankers.

This is the second fire to happen in this area in about a week. Last Friday, the department said there was a 1,000-acre grass fire that started along Breckenridge Road near Tarina Court, with around 90 firefighters sent out to put out the blaze.  

The fire was contained as of Friday night, the department said, but flames were reported in Saturday morning in the same area. Crews worked in the early morning to put out the small fire. 

It is unknown if those fires are related to the larger one that started on Friday. 

The Tarina Fire isn't the only one that the Kern County Fire Department was working on Saturday. At around 2:10 a.m., the Lost Hills fire station responded to a fire in a single-family home in the 21000 block of Fresno Street.

When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy fire in the house's attic. Additional engines from Buttonwillow, McKittrick, Wasco and Shafter were brought in to assist.

The fire was able to be contained to the attic and eventually put out. Although surrounding houses were threatened by the fire, none were damaged, the department said. Three adults escaped the home prior to when firefighters arrived and were unharmed. No firefighters were injured at the incident.

KCFD said the cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical in nature. 

The loss value due to the fire was around $90,000, according to the fire department. 

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Can you please add up to date real time photos and satellite. I live in Lake Isabella and the smoke is really bad here plus I know the direction of the fire would head this way because the winds are strong here from west to east. Thank you

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