FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (AP) - Kern County fire officials say a wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest has quickly ripped through 2,500 acres, despite a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames.
Flames have been gaining ground through dense, dry vegetation and thick trees since the fire broke out just before 1:30 p.m. The fire is burning out of control with no containment.
The fire near Interstate 5 through Frazier Park, where Kern and northern Los Angeles counties meet, led firefighters to evacuate a high school as a precaution.
Currently four helicopters and five air tankers are working the fire, which is moving into uninhabited area.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for camp grounds and Frazier Park high school.
Winds were blowing at a sustained 10 mph with gusts of 20 mph.