LEBEC (CBSLA) – A large brush fire burned several hundred acres in the hills just north of Lebec in Kern County Thursday.
The Fort Fire broke out somewhere in the area of the 5 Freeway and Grapevine Road sometime before 9 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol.
Officials say the fire had grown to about 350 acres and was 40% contained as of 2 p.m.
One lane of the southbound 5 Freeway was closed due to the fire.
Firefighters from the L.A. County and Kern County fire departments were battling the blaze from the ground and air with the assistance of CAL Fire.
There was no immediate word on a cause.