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Kern County Fire fighting flames in Southeast Bakersfield

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Posted at 11:29 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 02:29:59-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Fire is working to put out an active fire at 2363 Weedpatch Highway that forced officials to shut down the northbound lane of the highway for about a quarter mile both north and south of the fire's location.

The reinforced structure fire began at about 9:45 p.m., with a shed catching fire. The flames soon spread to multiple buildings and animal pens.

The area does have a corral for animals.

The fire threatened surrounding buildings, sheds and a residence. The fire covered about 3,000 square feet at its biggest point.

Operations still in firefighting mode at this point, and there is a heavy commitment of resources from KCFD.

Approximately two dozen firefighters are on scene. KCFD expects to be at the scene at least until midnight.

The northbound lane of Weedpatch Highway is still shut down at this time.

There is no indication of injuries to people or animals in this incident.

Officials have not confirmed what the cause of the fires are.

This is a developing story and we will update you as more information comes in.