3,000-acre wildfire erupts in area of I-5, Frazier Park

3,000-acre wildfire erupts in area of I-5, Frazier Park »Play Video
A large wildfire is seen Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Frazier Park area of southern Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Lou Enriquez)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County Fire Department is battling a massive wildfire 2 miles east of Frazier Park.

The fire is consuming around 3,000 acres of brush near Interstate 5, Captain Sean Collins says.

Frazier Mountain High School was evacuated as a precaution, but the school is no longer threatened, according to the fire department.

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Strong winds and dry fuels are hampering firefighting efforts, and an evacuation of the Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek Campground are in effect, the fire department says.

Five air tankers and four helicopters were making steady drops on the fire, which started around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The fire is burning out of control with 10 percent containment.

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Firefighters from Kern, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service were battling the blaze.

One road through the area was closed but Interstate 5 remained open.

The fire was threatening several power transmission lines running through the area.

No other structures were threatened and there were no injuries, Wilford said.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.