Wildfire on Southbound I-5 North of Fort Tejon

UPDATE: LEBEC, CA (September 16, 2012 at 12:20 p.m.)—Kern County Fire Department has released this summary of the Fort Incident at southbound Interstate 5, just north of Fort Tejon:

"Upon arrival fire crews were faced with a developing fire in steep terrain with grass and medium fuels. The crews made an aggressive hose-line attack on the north and south flanks to stop the spread of the fire. Crews had containment of the fire within 1 1/2 hours. Hand crew (82) remained on the fire through the night to improve the fire line and mop-up."

There were no injuries reported and no structures were threatened or destroyed. About five and a half acres were burned. There were 26 Kern County firefighters working on the fire, one engine and four patrols.

UPDATE: LEBEC, CA (September 15, 2012 at 8:10 p.m.)—Kern County Firefighter Cory Reagan has confirmed that the fire has been stopped at the top of the hill, before it hit Digier Canyon Road. The fire is considered contained, and the flames at its base are being brought down at this time. "The threat is over," photographer Gunner Kuepper quoted the firefighters as reporting. About 3 acres were burned.

UPDATE: LEBEC, CA (September 15, 2012 at 7:50 p.m.)—Two fire engines are on scene and the fire is running uphill toward Digier Canyon Road. As we post this, it is reported to be about 40 yards from the road. Three firefighters are reported to be on the hill, with two engines on the freeway below.

LEBEC, CA  (September 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.)—A wildfire has erupted close to the southbound lane of Interstate-5 just north of Fort Tejon. We will provide additional details as available. As we post this report, firefighters have not yet arrived.

This is part of the September 14, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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