FRAZIER PARK, Calif. - Kern County fire officials say a wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest has quickly ripped through more than 3,000 acres, despite a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames.
Flames have been gaining ground through dense, dry vegetation and thick trees since the fire broke out just before 1:30 p.m. The fire is burning out of control with no containment as of 6 p.m.
The fire near Interstate 5 through Frazier Park, where Kern and northern Los Angeles counties meet, led firefighters to evacuate a high school as a precaution.
Currently, four helicopters and five air tankers are working the fire, which is moving into uninhabited area.
Officials say if the winds shift, I-5 may have to be shut down.
There is also concerns that transmission lines that supply power to Los Angeles could be at risk.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for campgrounds and Frazier Park High School.
Winds were blowing at a sustained 10 mph with gusts of 20 mph.