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Grapevine fire grows to 350 acres

What started out as a roadside 20-acre fire near the base of the Grapevine in Kern County grew to 350 acres but was contained early Saturday evening, authorities said.

The blaze, which authorities are calling the "Grape Fire," began at about 2 p.m. west of the 5 Freeway north of Tejon Ranch.

Greg Powell of the Kern County Fire Department said the fire was about 20 acres when crews arrived, but flames pushed by wind ran up a hill and steep terrain, eventually consuming about 350 acres of brush.

About 150 firefighters attacked the blaze along with two helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft. At about 5:30 p.m. it had been "just about knocked down," Powell said.

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