Kern County fire likely sparked by lightning grows to 2,300 acres, could threaten Interstate-5

A brush fire likely ignited by lightning in Kern County and burning close to Interstate 5 has grown to 2,300 acres and was 20% contained as of Thursday morning, officials said.

“Our concern today is if it continues to move toward the west, toward I-5,” said Kern County Fire Capt. Andrew Freeborn, the agency’s public information officer. “Some portions of the fire are within a couple hundred feet of the freeway. … We’re trying to keep it from going to the Grapevine, we don’t want travel impacted.”

Right now, he said the Thunder fire — located southeast of Interstate 5 and Edmonston Pumping Plant Road — has cast a shroud of smoke around the freeway.

The fire grew by about 500 acres overnight, but crews were able to increase containment by about 10%, according to the…



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