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UPDATE: Northbound I-5 Freeway partially reopened near Gorman, forward progress stopped for Post Fire

Posted at 7:48 PM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 12:02:56-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE Mon. 8:48 a.m.) The two left lanes of northbound Interstate-5, near Highway 138, have reopened as crews stop forward progress of the so-called Post Fire south of Gorman.

According to Caltrans, the two right lanes of the I-5 near Hwy. 138 remain closed and drivers in the area should expect delays.

Caltrans said the westbound Hwy. 138 connector to northbound I-5 is also closed.

The Post Fire sparked Sunday night, burning 200 acres. The fire is 15% contained.

Fire crews have stopped forward progress of a 2-alarm brush fire that burned at least 200 acres near Interstate-5, just south of Gorman Sunday evening.

According to the CHP's traffic page, the fire started at about 6:51 p.m. and is 15% contained.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said crews will continue working overnight to handle hot spots.

Interstate-5 was shutdown in both directions for several hours as visibility became an issue across all lanes.

Northbound lanes near Castaic were diverted onto Smokey Bear Road and CHP units were assisting traffic in southbound lanes turn around.

As of 11:08 p.m. all southbound lanes have reopened. CHP units are working on opening up a few northbound lanes.

LACFD has dubbed the blaze as the "Post Fire"