Growing brush fire burns near the Grapevine east of 5 Freeway

A map of the area around the Grapevine shows the location of the Edmonston fire east of the 5 Freeway

Firefighters are battling a growing brush fire east of the 5 Freeway near the Grapevine.

The Edmonston fire was about 500 acres and 10% contained along Edmonston Pumping Plant Road as of 7:19 p.m. Thursday, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

Water drops and other firefighting efforts are underway.

About 100 firefighters on the ground as well as multiple helicopters and air tankers were fighting the blaze, said Capt. Andrew Freeborn, a Kern County Fire Department spokesman.


The fire was not immediately threatening any infrastructure or homes, Freeborn said shortly before 7 p.m.

Further information about the blaze wasn’t immediately available.

Gusty winds from the northwest are expected to continue over the burn area through the evening before decreasing by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service’s Hanford office.

Maximum humidity levels were 38% to 43%, forecasters said. Conditions were mostly clear Friday evening with minimum temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.