Big-rig fire ignites grass fire near base of Grapevine on southbound I-5

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.)—All southbound lanes are now open.

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.)—Firefighters have brought the fire under control and estimate they will be conducting mop-up operations for another 60 to 90 minutes.

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.)—Kern County Fire Battalion 5 has begun cancelation of resources. Helicopter 408 is continuing to the fire while it was estimated that the fire may be controlled within approximately 15 minutes. Air tankers are on standby and cancelation will be confirmed soon.

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.)—CHP reports that the two left lanes are closed on southbound Interstate 5 in the area of the fire.

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.)—Kern County Fire Department’s Helicopter 408 is enroute to the fire and is 15 minutes from arrival.

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.)—A big rig truck traveling south on Interstate 5 is fully involved with flames and has ignited a grass fire that has exceeded a half acre about a half mile south of the Grapevine exit. Kern County Fire Department Battalion 5 has Engines 55, 56, 57 plus patrol vehicles on-scene as the fire is progressing uphill. Bulldozers are staging at the Grapevine exit while other resources are being called in.

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This is part of the July 18, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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