UPDATE: KCFD says crews have stopped gas leak; evacuations have been lifted

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UPDATE (8:53 p.m.): PG&E says the power outage is now affecting 346 customers. It estimates power will be restored by 4 a.m. Tuesday.

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UPDATE (4:53 p.m.): The Kern County Fire Department said the gas line at Olive Drive and Jewetta Avenue has been “pinched off” and is not leaking anymore. The department will continue to monitoring the air.

KCFD said evacuations have been lifted. However, the intersection will be closed until tomorrow morning. Motorists and residents are encouraged to avoid the area for the time being.

Power will also stay off for the next four hours or so, the department said.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Crews are working to fix a gas leak that sprung in Northwest Bakersfield this morning.

The Kern County Fire Department said a six-inch gas line was hit at around 11:40 a.m. by a contractor that was digging in the area of Olive Drive and Jewetta Avenue. Southern California Gas Company is working to repair the leak. A nearby neighborhood has been recommended to evacuate the area, as power is also out. 

SoCalGas said it is expected it will take a few more hours to fix the leak. Power was shut off in the area as a safety precaution, due to having underground electrical lines in the area.

BPD officers have assisting with traffic control, the department said.

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