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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kern County Lightning Fires: Proclamation of Local Emergency 15,000 acres

CA-KRN-Keene Complex #CaFire 
 KERN COUNTY – Saturday, September 10, 2011, 09:31 A.M. The Kern County Fire Department has been responding to multiple vegetation fires started by lightning strikes throughout the night and early morning.

Kern County firefighters are currently battling approximately 40 vegetation fires throughout the county. Crews in the vicinity of Granite Rd. and Round Mountain Rd. are protecting structures that are threatened by three fires burning in that area. Firefighters are also on scene of five separate fires in the Keene area and additional resources are responding to protect structures.

Other areas that are effected by fires include: Lebec, Tejon Ranch, Stallion Springs, Piute Mountain, Tehachapi, Keene, Kelso Valley, Taft, Maricopa.

The Kern County Fire Department will continue to release more information regarding these fires as it becomes available.
CA-KRN-Keene Complex
Incident Time: 03:18:00 AM
Incident Date: 09-10-2011
Incident Type: Vegetation Fires
Resources Used: Various
Assisting Agencies: CAL FIRE, CAL EMA, KCSO, CHP
Cause: Lightning

 

 Road Closures Update
KERN COUNTY – As of 9:00 P.M., the following road closures are in effect in Kern County:
•           Caliente Creek Road between Lions Trail and Bodfish Canyon Road
•           Caliente Bodfish Road between Rankin Ranch and Caliente Creek Road
•           Round Mountain Road at Granite Road
•           Granite Road at Famoso Road
•           Breckenridge Road at Comanche Road
•           Walker Basin at Bodfish Canyon Road
•           Woodford-Tehachapi Road between Golden Hills and Tehachapi Loop
•           178 closed at the mouth of the canyon
•           Pinon Canyon at Woodford Tehachapi Road

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Proclamation of Local Emergency

KERN COUNTY –Due to the extent of fire activity caused by lightning strikes that have occurred since 1:30 a.m. on September 10, 2011, a Proclamation of Local Emergency has been ordered for the County of Kern.

More than 50 wild land fires are burning and have consumed an estimated 15,000 wild land acres.  Three major fires, which are estimated at 0% containment, pose a continuing threat to residential structures.  These major fires have been dubbed the Black Fire, Indian Fire and the Comanche Fire.

Precautionary evacuation messages have been disseminated via ReadyKern for the Keene, Hart Flat, Bear Valley, Golden Hills and Stallion Springs communities.  Widespread evacuations and sheltering operations may become necessary in the future depending on fire activity. 

The Kern County Fire Department estimates that hundreds of homes in these areas are at risk and is administering the process to request assistance under a Fire Management Assistance Grant.  Two CAL Fire Type 1 Incident Management Teams are assisting local efforts to fight these fires.  The number and distribution of fire activity has created an enormous resource challenge.  Additional firefighting resources throughout California have been requested and are en-route for deployment within Kern County.  The Kern EOC is currently activated at level 1 status.  The potential for additional dry lightning strikes through the weekend may cause additional fire activity.  For many of these fires, steep terrain, heavy brush, large amounts of fuel, low humidity and erratic wind conditions pose extremely difficult challenges for firefighters.  Firefighters will continue to be diligent in fighting these fires.


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Road Closures
KERN COUNTY – The following road closures are in effect in Kern County:
  • Caliente Creek Road between Lions Trail and Bodfish Canyon Road
  • Caliente Bodfish Road between Rankin Ranch and Caliente Creek Road
  • Round Mountain Road at Granite Road
  • Granite Road at Famoso Road
  • Breckenridge Road at Comanche Road
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  • Agency Link:  Kern County Fire Department Incident Link

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