UPDATE (7/1): The Shell Fire is now 90 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE.
UPDATE (6/30): The Shell Fire is now 85 percent contained and is no longer affecting traffic, according to CAL FIRE.
UPDATE (6/29): The Shell Fire is now 65 percent contained with still nearly 2,000 acres burned, according to CAL FIRE.
UPDATE (6/28): The Shell Fire remains at 1,984 acres burned with 50% containment, according to Kern County Fire. KCFD said on Twitter that significant progress was made during day operations despite high temperatures.
UPDATE (4:15 p.m. 6/28): Kern County firefighters said on Twitter a drone flying over the Shell Fire stopped the department’s air operations for a while. They asked the public to never fly drones near wildfires.
UPDATE (6/28): The Shell Fire is nearing 2,000 acres burned with 30% containment, according to Kern County Fire.
First responders said the blaze started when a vehicle caught on fire south of Grapevine Road and flames spread quickly to vegetation. Fire officials said dry conditions and heat are taking a toll on crews.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Firefighters are working to contain an approximate 1,200-acre brush fire Sunday afternoon along Interstate 5 near Grapevine Road, Kern County Fire says.
The fire, known as the Shell Fire, was first sparked by a car fire in northbound lanes of I-5 just south of Grapevine Road at around 1 p.m. Flames then spread to the hillside.
Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn said a couple hundred firefighters, including crews from CAL Fire, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Ventura County have been called to fight the fire. Air and ground firefighting crews have been called to the area.
Freeborn said containment is at about 2%. Some structures in the Fort Tejon area are threatened.
Motorists can expect delays in the area.
Freeborn said more fire crews from neighboring counties have been called to join the firefight.