Highway 178 remains closed as Garden Fire continues to burn

Tuesday morning Update: Fire officials said the Garden Fire has grown to 1,350 acres and is 15% contained. According to U.S. Forest Service, Highway 178 is scheduled to reopen today from 12 - 6 p.m. with escort from law enforcement.  There is now 356 personnel fighting the flames, according to USFS. 
 
Monday morning Update: County fire officials said the fire has grown to 450 acres with no containment. Also, there is 246 officials fighting the flames and Highway 178 remains closed, according to KCFD. 
 
Original Story -- Sunday
Kern County Fire Department dispatched crews Sunday afternoon to the China Gardens area -- half way between Bakersfield and Lake Isabella -- for a grass fire.     
 
Highway 178 is closed at both ends of the roadway. 
     
If you need to get through this area, officials said you can use Highway 155 or Lyons Trail.  
   
More than 100 firefighters worked over night trying to get this fire under the control. Fire officials said the flames spread rapidly yesterday and at last update, 350 acres have burned with no containment. 
     
Crews working on the ground and in the air.
     
California Highway Patrol said a vehicle started the wildfire, but U.S. Forest Service is still investigating the cause.    
 
So far, 17 News has not heard of any injuries or evacuations from this fire.  
    
Fire officials told 17 News this morning that they are meeting at 7 a.m. and we can expect to get an update on containment and acreage then. 
 
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