LEBEC, Calif. - Update 8:30 p.m.: 7 air tankers to be ready for the work in morning, briefing 07:30, all fixed wing air planes will be on the fire at 8:30 am Thursday.
Update 8 p.m.: Grand Fire CA-LPF-1281
Update 19:30: 3000 acres 10% CAL FIRE IMT 6 activated, There are currently 600+ personnel on the fire. It does appear that it has crossed into both LA Co and Ventura co.
As of 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Kern County Fire Department said the quickly-burning Grand Fire is now 10 percent contained. Department spokesman Corey Wilford told KPCC the fire has now spread into Los Angeles County.
Winds have begun to settle down from earlier Wednesday afternoon, Wilford said, but gusts are still stoking the fire onwards.
"We have seen the winds kind of die down in the last couple hours or so," he said.
The I-5 Freeway is “wide open,” Wilford said, but authorities are trying to dissuade drivers from slowing down to view or take photos of the fire, which is clearly visible from the road.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Kern County Fire Department says 800 firefighters have now been assigned to battle the 3,000 acre fire, with more expected to come.