Wildfire Near I-5 North of LA Spurs Evacuations

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire is burning out of control near the Grapevine section of Interstate 5, bringing an evacuation order for about two dozen homes and threatening the shutdown of the heavily-traveled stretch of highway north of Los Angeles.

Kern County Fire Department Engineer Anthony Romero says the fire started early Friday afternoon and by nightfall had burned 720 acres of brush.

Romero says residents from 23 homes along a mountain road near I-5 were urged to evacuate, but more than half chose to stay and a few houses were already vacant.

One southbound lane of I-5 was closed earlier for emergency vehicles, but all lanes were open again late Friday.

The California Highway Patrol says the fire may have been caused by a big-rig on the side of the highway.

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