Fire reported to be spreading rapidly by afternoon


A brush fire broke out west of New Cuyama Saturday and was reported spreading rapidly by mid afternoon.



The fire was reported just after 9 a.m. on the north side of Highway 166.



By 1 p.m. the fire had grown to 300 acres with the potential to grow to 1,000 acres.



However, and one later report said it was 800 to 900 acres with zero percent containment just after 2 p.m.



A command post is being set up in the Cottonwood Canyon area.



There is apparently no interference with traffic on Highway 166, according to both the CHP and Caltrans websites.



Kern County Fire Department firefighters extinguished a small grass fire near Fellows about 1 p.m.



Firefighters were also responding to a grass fire south of Highway 166 and east of  Basic School Road in the Maricopa area at about 3:25 p.m.