Evacuations lifted for brush fire near I-5

The Water Fire burns Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, off southbound Interstate 5 south of the base of the Grapevine in Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kristen Powers)

UPDATE (7:01 p.m. Sept. 13): Kern County Fire says the Water Fire is 200 acres and 85 percent contained.


UPDATE (9:32 a.m.): Containment is now 75 percent, the KCFD says.


UPDATE (7:23 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13): Cal Fire says the Water Fire is now 95 acres and 60 percent contained.


UPDATE: The KCFD says the firefighter that was injured was struck by a rolling rock. The firefighter suffered moderate injuries.


UPDATE (4:44 p.m.): The Water Fire is now 50-75 acres and 20 percent contained. Crews are expecting to work throughout the night.


UPDATE (3:39 p.m.): The KCFD says the recommended evacuations for the Water Fire have been lifted.


UPDATE (2:02 p.m.): Kern County Fire officials say one firefighter was injured while battling the Water Fire. The extent of the injuries is unknown, as is what caused it.

The firefighter is being taken to a Bakersfield hospital.


UPDATE (1:44 p.m.): Fire Engineer Andrew Freeborn said the fire has grown to 50-plus acres and is 5 percent contained.

The Kern County Fire Department recommends residents in Digier Canyon evacuate and go to Frazier Mountain Park High School, 700 Falcon Way.

Multiple resources are being used to fight the fire, including helicopters and airplanes dropping retardant and water.

All lanes, except a short stretch of the truck lane on the southbound side of I-5, are open. Drivers are cautioned to drive carefully and to be aware of the situation.


UPDATE (12:41 p.m.): Fire Engineer Andrew Freeborn says this incident started when a van caught fire, and the flames spread to the vegetation.

Recommended evacuations are in place for Digier Canyon.

Kern County crews are getting help from Los Angeles County and the U.S. Forest Service.

The firefighters are facing steep terrain.

Watch a livestream from the fire below.


UPDATE (12:23 p.m.): The California Highway Patrol says at least one lane of the freeway should be closed for a few hours.


UPDATE (11:58 a.m.): The KCFD says the so-called Water Fire is a potential threat to structures in Digier Canyon. The fire has grown to 30-40 acres.

The KCFD advises drivers to expect delays on I-5.

The initial story is below.


The Kern County Fire Department says a 15-acre vegetation fire is spreading off southbound Interstate 5 south of the base of the Grapevine.

This is a developing story. Updates to follow.

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