UPDATED: Fire burning near I-5 just south of the Grapevine in Lebec

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Courtesy of Jackie Lynn Cooper

UPDATE: The #4 lane on southbound Interstate 5 will be closed through approximately 5 p.m. Monday, according to Caltrans.

Kern County Fire officials reported two fires began merging toward each other along Interstate 5 just south of the Grapevine Sunday afternoon.

The Tejon Fire is is burning along southbound I-5 just north of Tejon Pass near Digier Road. According to Cal Fire, the fire has burned 215 acres and is 60% contained.

The northern fire has burned 75 acres and is 85% contained.

Homes on Digier Road were under mandatory evacuations but no structures burned.

California Highway Patrol says the 4th southbound lane of Interstate 5 will be closed overnight in that area. All other lanes will remain open. Drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously through the area as traffic has slowed. CHP estimates an hour delay for commuters in that area.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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