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Shell Fire along Interstate 5 has burned over 1,700 acres

Officials say it's 20 percent contained.
Shell Fire, June 2021
Posted at 11:36 AM, Jun 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-28 17:45:10-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KERO) — The Shell Fire burning above Interstate 5 at the entrance to The Grapevine has reached 1,700 acres. At last check, officials say it's 20 percent contained.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fire broke out just before 1 p.m. Sunday. Flames could be seen burning alongside parts of the I-5.

No evacuation orders have been issued.

According to Andrew Freeborn of the Kern County Fire Department, it continues to impact traffic on The Grapevine, but there are no lane or road closures as of now.

The fire started Sunday at around 1 p.m. after a car traveling the north side of I-5 had a mechanical issue. The driver pulled over at which point the car caught fire. It spread from the vehicle to nearby grass, causing the wildfire.

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Meanwhile, the fire at the mouth of the canyon at Highway 178 is now 100-percent contained. The Canyon Fire burned a total of 220 acres. No structures were destroyed.

Officials say roads are open in both directions.