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Sunday, September 11, 2011

CA-KRN-Keene Complex Kern County - 7,500 acres - 60% contained #CaFire

Keene Complex Fires Incident Information:
Last Updated: September 11, 2011 5:45 pm
Date/Time Started: September 10, 2011 2:30 am
Administrative Unit: Kern County Fire / CAL FIRE  Incident Command Team 6
County: Kern County
Location: Highway 58 in Southeastern Kern County near Tehachapi
Acres Burned: 7,500 acres - 60% contained
Containment: 3 fires- 60% contained
Structures Destroyed: 0 destroyed
Threatened: 500 threatened
Injuries: 2 Minor
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Kern County Fire Department, Tehachapi Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Department
Total Fire Personnel: 1,305 (856 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 120 (50 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 49 (38 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 11
Dozers: 3 CAL FIRE
Water tenders: 2
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE Incident Command Team 6
Conditions: Kern County experienced large thunderstorms with lightning strikes that have caused multiple fires throughout the County. Firefighters are actively engaged in firefighting efforts throughout the Keene Complex area and are making progress constructing containment lines. Other fires identified in the Keene Complex will be added to the updates throughout the day.
Fires in the Complex Command:
Black Branch
Between Harts Flat Road and Black Mountain Road
Approximately 3,500 acres - 80% contained.
Indian Branch
In the area of Piute Road and Indian Creek Road
Approximately 2,500 acres - 40% contained
Baker Branch
West side of Walker Rd
Approximately 1,200 acres - 80% contained
Harper Fire
200 acres with anticipated containment this evening.
Hart Fire
60+ acres, expected moderate growth.
Road Closures (Residents allowed with ID):
Walker Basin @ Bodfish Road
Keene @ Woodfood Tehachapi Road
Woodford Tehachapi Road @ Tehachapi Loop
Caliente Creek @ Bodfish Road- This intersection is closed until 9/12/11 due to firefighting operations. However, residents may return to their homes through other routes.
More Information:
Phone Numbers (661) 873-2680 (Kern County Call Center)

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