Fire starts at Kern River bottom

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A fire broke out in the Kern River bottom Tuesday night around 5:30 p.m.

It was located under the bridge at North Chester and East Beardsley in Oildale.

The fire grew so large that seven fire engines were needed to get it under control. Several people were evacuated from the area by Kern County and Bakersfield fire crews.

A crew from the Bureau of Land Management was on hand as reinforcement due to the Shirley Fire.

The Kern County Fire Department said the fire jumped the river starting several other spot fires.

There has been no word on how the fire started.

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