A fast-moving wildfire burned through more than 700 acres in the Los Padres National Forest, heading up a hill and away from the Grapevine.
At least one high school near the fire was evacuated, along with the national forest and a nearby campground.
Authorities said no structures are threatened and it appeared to be moving away from the unincorporated town of Frazier Park.
Kern County Fire spokesman Corey Wilford said the fire is being pushed southeast and is "wind-dominated."
Los Angeles County fire officials said the wind is at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Humidity is 28%.
Falcon Way, which leads to the high school, has been shut down, Wilford said. Although the fire appeared to be heading away from the Grapevine, California Highway Patrol officials had units at the scene and said the blaze had the potential of reaching Interstate 5.
The fire was reported around 1:20 p.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. KERO-TV Channel 23 in Bakersfield cited reports that a telephone pole caught fire and sparked the blaze.
Several agencies including Los Angeles County Fire Department are assisting Kern County, Wilford said.