Blaze jumps to both sides of the roadway, forcing traffic onto Golf Course Road
Fire shut down both lanes of Highway 119 early Monday morning, causing a massive backlog of traffic.
The fire broke out on Elk Hills, forcing the California High patrol to reroute traffic onto Golf Course Road.
At one point, westbound traffic was reported backed up all the way from Tupman Road east to Highway 43.
About 6 acres of grass was burned, according to the Kern County Fire Department.
The fire started about 2 a.m. on Highway 119 between Gate 2 and Tupman Road, Capt. Parris Whitley said. There was a car destroyed in the fire but it hasn't been determined if that was the cause.
Whitley said the fire was mostly on the north side of the road but spotted across the roadway several times.
Heavy smoke, fire equipment and fire on both sides of the roadway kept the roadway closed for several hours.
The road was reopened to all traffic about 6 a.m.