Grapevine Wildfire Spreads to 14 Acres but Knocked Down by 65 Firefighters

LEBEC, CA (May 19, 2012 at  a.m.)—The Kern County Fire Department, along with Cal-Fire responded early this morning to a rapidly spreading wildfire. Here is their press release:

 On May 19, 2012,  at approximately 2:45 a.m., the Kern County Fire Department responded to a fire on southbound Interstate I-5 near the lower water hole. Upon arrival, crews were faced with fire which had spread into the brush and grass on the west side of I-5 into very steep terrain. Approximately 30 Kern County Firefighters along with the assistance of about 35 firefighters from Cal Fire responded to the incident.

The quick action of fire crews contained the spread of the fire to 14.3 acres which was made difficult to access due to the steep terrain along the interstate. Full containment of the fire occurred at 12:12P.M. Fire personnel will remain on scene to ensure full extinguishment of the fire. No structures were damaged and there were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire season is upon us and this is an example of what to expect in the upcoming season. Hazard reduction efforts from home owners can assist in saving your property in the event of a fire.

This is part of the May 18, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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