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Grand Fire Burning in Frazier Park

grand-fireFRAZIER PARK (KTLA) — The so-called ‘Grand Fire,’ burning in the Frazier Park area, has been 70% contained as of Saturday morning (May 18).

The fire broke out on Wednesday, May 15 in Kern County, and has burned roughly 4,300 acres.  Estimated cost of the resources dedicated to the blaze is around $3.7 million.

Fire crews from Kern County, Ventura, L.A. County Fire, California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management have combined some 1,850 personnel and 77 crews to battle the stubborn brush fire.

Evacuations and road closures that had been ordered for Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek remain in place.

There have been no injuries, no structures destroyed, and no structures threatened in connection with the fire.


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An air tanker drops fire retardant on the blaze.

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — The Grand Fire burning in the Frazier Park area was 35 percent contained on Friday, fire officials said.

The blaze, which broke out around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, has burned 4,100 acres, according to an update from Cal Fire.

There were 1,452 personnel from multiple agencies assigned to the fire, along with 65 engines and seven helicopters.

Firefighters were continuing to work to build a fire line around the perimeter of the blaze.

With help from lower temperatures and higher humidity, they were making progress on the southern and northern sides of the fire, officials said.

Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek recreation area remained closed, along with the roads leading into those areas.

The fire threatened six structures, but none have been destroyed. There were also no reports of any injuries.

Officials did not have an estimate on when the fire would be fully contained.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of firefighters continued to battle a brush fire on Thursday that had burned over 3,500 acres in the Frazier Park area.

The blaze, dubbed the ‘Grand Fire,’ was just 15 percent contained, fire officials said. More than 600 firefighters were on the lines.

Fire crews took advantage of a break from the wind Wednesday night, which had fanned the flames earlier in the day.

They used bulldozers to build up containment lines and clear brush, said Sean Collins, spokesman for the Kern County Fire Department.

The most active front was in Ventura County, where the fire had spread and was burning through brush in the Los Padres National Forest, fire officials said.

The fire broke out around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday near Frazier Mountain Park Road and Grand Terrace Drive, not far from unincorporated Frazier Park.

“I could see the planes and the helicopters right away,” said resident Kayvon Bakitar.

He was at his office in Frazier Park when he saw the smoke. He rushed back to his home, nestled in the mountains on Grand Terrace State Drive.

Within about 20 minutes, the flames had advanced considerably, he said.

“They didn’t ask us to leave, but they did ask us to basically be prepared,” Bakitar said.

Firefighters on the ground from Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura counties worked to build a line around the fire and protect structures.

They were aided by seven air tankers and four water-dropping helicopters.

The air attack was suspended at nightfall, but it was expected to resume again on Thursday morning.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Hungry Valley Park and Piru Creek Campground as the flames spread. Those areas remained closed on Thursday.

Deputies had planned to evacuate Frazier Mountain High School, but students had already left for the day, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

The school was closed on Thursday because of the fire. Frazier Park School, Pine Mountain Learning Center and El Tejon School were all expected to be open.

Firefighters were battling a fast moving, wind driven wildfire Wednesday in the Frazier Park area.
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