KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KERO) — With the summer heat and severe drought conditions, many experts say California is facing a very long and possibly more dangerous fire season. Crews are making progress on the Shell Fire along the Grapevine despite Monday's high temperatures.
It's now 65 percent contained with more than 1,900 acres burned. No evacuation orders are in place.
Shell Fire along Interstate 5 has burned over 1,700 acres
The California Highway Patrol says it started just before 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Kern County Fire Department says the fire started after a driver pulled over and their car caught the grass on fire.
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Kern County Fire Department prepares for wildfire season
County fire also says that air operations were stopped for a time Sunday due to a drone flying over the fire. They want to remind residents not to fly drones near wildfires because they hinder firefighting efforts.