Crews make progress on Kern County 'Water Fire' threatening 45 structures

Water Fire

Courtesy Kern Co. Fire Dept.

A fire that broke out Tuesday close to the I-5 near Lebec in Kern County threatened about 45 homes and other buildings.

Update 5:35 p.m.: Crews report progress; evacuation orders could lift

Firefighters in Kern County are making progress on the 55-acre fire burning near the I-5 in the Lebec area near Frazier Park. 

The fire currently threatens 45 homes and other buildings, but Kern County Fire officials say crews are getting a good hold of the flames.  If progress continues, evacuation orders for folks affected by the fire could be lifted this evening. 

No injuries and no structures have been reported so far. Investigators are looking into what might have sparked the fire. 

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Update: 4:47 p.m.: Water Fire in Kern County threatens 45 structures

A fire has burned 450 acres in Kern County and caused the evacuation of homes nearby.

About 300 firefighters were assigned to the Water fire, which started on the west side of the I-5 Freeway at about 8:30 a.m. near Lebec, according to NBC4.

It is threatening 45 homes and other buildings, but a Kern County fire spokesman says firefighters are making progress and have it 40 percent contained.

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