California Highway Patrol: All lanes opened on I-5; Fire still blazing through Digier Canyon

Smoke conditions slowing down traffic

FORT TEJON, Calif. - California Highway Patrol officers have opened all lanes on the I-5 freeway after a grass fire, known as the Rancho Fire by Cal Fire, ignited near the Grapevine Friday afternoon. 

CHP was sent to the fire just before noon, which had started north of the Fort Tejon Road exit. 

The freeway is still open at this time, but CHP officials are asking drivers to take precaution because of smoky conditions.  

Kern County fire officials said that the fire was heading west towards Digier Road.

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Firefighters are currently evacuating people in the surrounding areas starting from Digier Road. People are advised to evacuate to Tejon Ranch Elementary School. 

KC fire officials said homes near Digier and Oak Knolls roads are being threatened by the fire, but structure protection is in place.

The number of homes being threatened is unknown. 


Fire officials said the 300 acre wildfire is considered a second alarm fire and have sent out four air tankers to help put out the fire.  About 88 firefighters are battling this blaze, which includes Forest Service and Los Angeles County.

At this time, county firefighters do not have the fire contained, but 88 firefighters from Kern County, Forest Services and LA County are on battling the blaze. 

The Associated Press said that CHP believes that the fire may have been cause by a big-rig on the side of the I-5 freeway, but CHP is still investigating what caused the fire.  

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