UPDATE (8/1 7:00a): The Garden Fire has grown to 1350 acres. Crews say they have achieved 15% containment.
UPDATE (8/1 6:00a): The Garden Fire continues to grow and has forced Cal Transit and Kern County Fire to close Highway 178 East. The Forest Service says the fire has grown to 1000 acres in size. There are 418 fire personnel fighting the blaze.
Cal transit posted to their twitter account saying Highway 178 could reopen by Wednesday.
UPDATE (7/31, 6:30p): The Forest Service says the Garden Fire is now 800 acres in size. Crews say they have achieved 5% containment, and 300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.
UPDATE (7/31, 1p): The Garden Fire has grown to 700 acres in size and remains zero percent contained.
UPDATE (7/30, 10p): The Garden Fire has grown to 350 acres in size and is zero percent contained, according to KCFD.
The blaze broke out at about 4:30 p.m. near the China Gardens camp area. Over 100 firefighters are battling the fire. The Democrat Fire Station inside the canyon is reportedly threatened by the fire.
ORIGINAL: The Kern County Fire Department is on scene of a vegetation fire burning near Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon.
According to KCFD, the fire is about 20-25 acres in size and has the potential to turn into a "large incident."
This story is developing, check back for updates.