BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Firefighters expect full containment Wednesday for a wildfire burning along Interstate 5. The fire erupted Friday and threatened homes near Lebec.
Fire officials said Monday morning that 712 acres had burned. The fire stood at 95 percent containment, with full control expected a day after full containment.
The Kern County Fire Department said Friday that flames near the Grapevine segment of Interstate 5 moved fast in heavy brush. They had to use helicopters to suppress some of the fire burning in steep terrain.
Currently, crews are working on the containment lines, mopping up and rehabbing the area, according to a news release from multiple fire agencies.
The fire threatened about 23 homes in the area of Oak Knolls Road in Digier Canyon. All evacuation notices were lifted Sunday morning.
After the fire broke out, officials said smoke conditions caused backups on the interstate. Firefighters got a break when the wind died down and then began blowing toward the west, taking the smoke away from I-5.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries have been reported nor have any structures been lost.
Eyewitness News reporter Kyndell Nunley went back to the area on Saturday for an update on the fire: