SoCal wildfire rips across 3,500 acres
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Kern County Fire Department is battling a massive wildfire 2 miles east of Frazier Park.
The fire is consuming around 3,500 acres of brush near the Grapevine section of Interstate 5, the fire department says.
Classes were canceled Thursday at Frazier Mountain High School, because that's where the fire department set up its command post. All other area schools were in session.
Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek are a under mandatory evacuation, as strong winds and dry fuels hamper firefighting efforts.
Falcon Way to Frazier Mt High School is closed as well as roads entering Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek. Interstate 5 remained open.
Seven air tankers and six helicopters are making drops on the fire, which started around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The fire is 15 percent contained.
Raw video as the wildfire was starting:
Firefighters from Kern, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service were battling the blaze.
No structures were threatened and there were no injuries, the fire department said.