Friday Update (8 p.m.): Cal Fire said the Water Fire was at 100 percent containment Friday evening. The fire burned a total of 200 acres, the agency said.
Update (7 p.m.): Kern County Fire officials said the Water Fire was at 85 percent containment and has burned about 200 acres.
Thursday Update (5:15 p.m.): The Kern County Fire Department said the firefighter injured during the Water Fire was released from a hospital Thursday. The firefighter was identified as Ethan Sanders.
Thursday Update (2:00 p.m.): The fire is now 95 acres and 60 percent contained, according to officials. Kern County Fire Department also provided an update on the injured firefighter, saying he suffered broken ribs from a rolling rock. He is in stable condition at a local hospital.
Update (3:45 p.m.): Recommended evacuation has been lifted. Fire officials say the Water Fire has grown to 50 acres, and is 5 percent contained. All lanes of SB I-5 are open.
Update (2:00 p.m.) One firefighter was injured while fighting the Water Fire, according to Andrew Freeborn with Kern County Fire Department. The firefighter is being airlifted to Kern Medical and his injuries are unknown. An evacuation site is set up at Frazier Mountain Park High School. All evacuees are being told to go to the high school.
Update (1:00 p.m.) The two right lanes are closed on southbound Interstate-5, according to Caltrans.
Update (12:45 p.m.) Kern County Sheriff’s Office is on scene assisting with evacuations in Digier Canyon, according to KCSO.
Original Story Kern County Fire Department is responding to a vegetation fire at the base of the Grapevine, just off southbound I-5 and Grapevine Road.
California Highway Patrol received reports of a vehicle fire on the shoulder of Interstate-5, according to Andrew Freeborn, Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer.
When officers arrived, the fire had spread to nearby vegetation, according to Freeborn.
Several local agencies responded to the fire and it is not contained. Residents of Digier Canyon are under recommended evacuations.
The fire is currently 30-40 acres, according to Kern County Fire Department. It was first reported around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.