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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CA-KRN-Gulch #Wildfire 450+ acres, 35%

 Mandatory evacuations were put into effect for the communities of Hungry Gulch and Isabella Highlands. An evacuation center has been established at the Lake Isabella Senior Center which is located at 6409 Lake Isabella Boulevard. An evacuation center for large animals has been established at the Kern County Animal Shelter located in South Lake at 14891 Highway 178.  
Highway 155 is no longer closed. Full containment is expected by Friday.
Summary:
Lake Isabella – Just before 6:15 p.m. on June 19th, 2012 firefighters from KCFD, BLM, and the USFS responded to the Gulch Fire, a wildland fire that started near the French Gulch Bridge on Highway 155.
 Two hundred firefighters are on scene battling the blaze and two hundred more are on their way to the incident. Upon arrival, fire crews were faced with two acres of light grass, brush, and scattered timber burning at a moderate rate of spread up the hillside. The fire grew quickly in size threatening one hundred and fifty structures and has consumed over three hundred acres. The fire is 35% contained.A local interagency type three incident management team has been implemented to manage the fire by using local agreements. “This provides a significant cost savings and strengthens interoperability between the cooperating agencies.” Commented David Brinsfield, Division Chief with the Bureau of Land Management.
 Assistance is being received from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the Red Cross.
 There have been no reported injuries and damage estimates are not yet available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Gulch Fire Location, Perimeters, Hot Spots
 Incident Name/Type 
Incident Name: Gulch / Wildland Fire
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Date/Time Started: 06-19-2012 / 06:10:00 PM
Administrative Unit: Kern County Fire Department (KRN)
County: Kern
Location: Lake Isabella
GPS:
Acres Burned:
ROS: Moderate on arrival
ROC:  Fire in light grass, brush, and scattered timber.
Fuels:  Light grass, brush, and scattered timber
Containment:
Conditions:
Structure Threats: Yes -
Special Hazards:
Evacuations: Yes
Cause:    Under Investigation
Resources: 
Resources Used: Type 1's, Type 2's, Type 3's, Type 4's, Handcrews, and Overhead.
SQF
Div-4, 5
BC-41, 42
Crews-2, 20(WFU mods), 8 Breckenridge HS, Cobra 1
Eng-22, 24, 42, 43, 46, 47
PT 42, 45
WT-2
H-523(during the daylight hours)
BLM CND
3106
BC-3115
DZ-3182
E-3133, 3146
WT-3192
Kern
BC7
Eng-371, 76,
Pt-78, 76,
Strike Team 9220D
Number of Personnel: 400
Assisting Agencies: BLM, USFS, KCSO, CHP, & Red Cross 
Cooperating Agencies:
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Air Resources:
Injuries: No

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Agency Link: http://www.kerncountyfire.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134:gulch-fire&catid=2:latest-incidents&Itemid=26

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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