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David Witt

Interim Fire Chief & Director of
Emergency Services  

February 8, 2019     

As your Kern County Interim Fire Chief, I never want to wake up in the middle of the night to hear about someone dying because of a fire. The tragic events of last night make our community sit up and take notice.

House fires are somewhat common. We have to be vigilant, as families, to prepare and practice what needs to be done before, during and even after a fire. I’d like to take this time to remind everyone about some of the pillars of being fire safe in the home:

  1. Make sure you and your family have a fire escape plan.
    • Walk through your home and go through all possible exits and escape routes 
    • Know two ways out of each room
    •  Choose a meeting place a safe distance away from the home where, everyone can meet after they have escaped 
    • Once you are out, stay out! Then, call 911.
  2. Close the door. A closed door in a home can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
  3. Always have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
    • Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on every level on the home
  4. Always remember, in any emergency, call 911.

For more information on home fire safety, visit our website kerncountyfire.org.

And, don’t forget to follow us on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Lookup

Cal Fire has provided a data viewer to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).  SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention. 

Click Here to Access the Cal Fire SRA Viewer.

Received a Hazard Reduction Citation?

If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

CONSUMER ALERT: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUDULENT FIRE 
EXTINGUISHER/EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS SERVICE COMPANIES

Office of the Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention

2820 M Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
www.kerncountyfire.org
Telephone 661-391-3462 FAX 661-636-0466/67 
TTY Relay 800-735-2929

This bulletin is to alert business owners there are impersonators utilizing the name ALIK FIRE CONTROL and they are coming to businesses to service fire extinguishers.  These imposters have been using high-pressure sales tactics or deceptive methods to convince businesses to purchase their services.  Watch out for individuals with the following suspicious characteristics:

  • Wear uniforms with patches similar to those worn by Fire Department staff and give the impression that they are from the Fire Department
  • Claim that they are Fire Marshals and are authorized to close the business if not allowed to do an inspection of their fire protection systems and make subsequent repairs.
  • Claim they are there to provide service on extinguishers or hood duct systems that have previously been serviced by another company.

 

The Kern County Fire Department does not endorse, recommend, or send any fire protection service companies to a local business.  It is up to the business owner to seek those services when needed.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a fire protection service company:

  • Be sure that the service technician has proper identification and that he or she is from the company that you selected.
  • Ask the company to verify they have a certificate of Registration and or C-16 License which is valid and current through the California State Fire Marshal's Office and Contractors State License Board.
  • Do not permit a service company to provide service that you did not request or that is not required.
  • Do not pay by cash

 

We want your business, your employees, and your clients safely protected from fire.  Fire protection systems and fire extinguishers, that are properly installed and serviced, will save lives and protect property.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, or if you require assistance checking the status of a fire protection company, please call the Kern County Fire Department Fire Prevention Unit at (661) 391-3310.

Tree Mortality

Tree Mortality rates throughout California have skyrocketed.   Click here for information.

Isabella Dam Update

Click here for the latest information on the the Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kelso Creek Emergency Operations Plan

The Final Draft of the Kelso Creek Communities Emergency Operations Plan has been released.   Click here for access.

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Past Incident Info

    Incident Name: Kelso Incident Incident Time: 4:17:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Kecks Incident Incident Time: 6:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lanyne Incident Incident Time: 3:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Vulcan Incident Incident Time: 3:04:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-03-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Corrientes Incident Incident Time: 8:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-27-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Rosedale Incident Incident Time: 10:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-15-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Gallery Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-13-2019 Incident Type: Carbon...
    Incident Name: Oleander Incident Incident Time: 4:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-2-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Decator Incident Incident Time: 11:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-1-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Charlana Incident Incident Time: 12:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-1-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Madera Incident Incident Time: 9:54:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-30-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Sillect Incident Incident Time: 10:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-30-2019 Incident Type: Hazardous...
    Incident Name: Chandon Incident Incident Time: 9:54:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-15-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Crestmont Incident Incident Time: 3:55:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-10-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Animal Rescue Incident Incident Time: 7:02:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-09-2019 Incident Type: Animal...
    Incident Name: Mead Incident Incident Time: 9:58:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-22-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Patton Incident Incident Time: 1:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 2-16-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Main Incident Incident Time: 7:13:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-27-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Sonoma Incident Incident Time: 6:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-27-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Henson Incident Incident Time: 20:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-24-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Lexington Incident Incident Time: 3:21:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-21-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Kern River Canyon Incident Incident Time: 13:16:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-20-2019 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Cecil Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-17-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Greenwaste Incident Incident Time: 4:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-14-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Rosedale Highway Incident Time: 2:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-7-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 11th Avenue Incident Incident Time: 11:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highway 58 Incident Incident Time: 4:06:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-21-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Olive Drive Incident Incident Time: 10:23:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-21-2018 Incident Type: Witnessed Full...
  Incident Name: Frazier Incident Incident Time: 12:49:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-20-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Philippine Incident Incident Time: 10:07:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-19-2018 Incident Type: Structure...

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WHAT IS THE FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM (aka FHRP)?

The Kern County Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP) is a joint effort between the Kern County Fire Department, Cal Fire, Kern County Code Enforcement, and property owners to ensure fire safe communities within the county. The program is currently administered and enforced by fire department personnel following Kern County Ordinance Code 8.46, and in accordance with other State and Federal guidelines. Our goal is to provide sufficient defensible space around homes and other structures to improve the safety of the public and emergency personnel, as well as, increase the chance of your homes survival in the event of fires. Having heavy accumulations of fuel, and/or dry fuel poses a significant risk to your property, neighboring properties, and fire personnel. While inspections are typically done once a year after June 1 in preparation for fire season, a property can receive an inspection at any time if it is deemed to be a hazard. Property owners are expected to keep their properties clear of fire hazards year round.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A PROPERTY OWNER?

Property owners who fall within the required guidelines are expected to maintain their property free of fire hazards and accumulated vegetation growth throughout the year. June 1 is the deadline for completion of this clearance prior to annual inspections. All structures on the property, regardless of construction type or use, are required to have a minimum of thirty (30) feet of clearance and one hundred (100) feet of fuel reduction, or to the property line if closer. Any vegetation within these zones should be green, ornamental trees, grass and shrubs only, and should be spaced out and have sufficient ground clearance to discourage fire spread. For vacant properties with no structures, you are required to provide a minimum ten (10) foot fuel break along all property lines that lie within one hundred (100) feet of any structures on neighboring properties.

For further information on specific guidelines and expectations, please see Defensible Space Guidelines or click one of the links below.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS APPLIES TO MY PROPERTY?

Properties that typically fall within the FHRP guidelines and subject to the June 1 inspection deadline are those within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) in and around the mountain communities, however all properties within the county are subject to the Kern County Ordinance Code 8.46. To find out if your property falls within the SRA you can contact either the FHRP office at (661)823-1001, the Kern County Assessor’s Office at (661) 868-3485, or click here for an interactive map.

WHAT IF THERE ARE NO STRUCTURES ON THE PROPERTY?

If you own vacant property with no structures, there is a possibility you won’t need to do anything. If there are any structures on neighboring properties within one hundred (100) feet of any property line, you are required to provide a minimum ten (10) feet of clearance along all property lines that are adjacent to those structures. This clearance includes full removal of all grass and shrubs within that ten (10) feet and limbing up all trees and large bushes to avoid ground contact. Six (6) feet is a general rule of thumb for limbing of the trees.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PROPERTY HAS PASSED INSPECTION?

When properties are inspected by the local station personnel, they only take note of the properties that are found to be in violation. Those property owners will then receive a citation in the mail giving them 15 days to correct the violations to avoid being assessed a fine. Properties that pass inspection will not be notified, so no news is good news.

DOES KERN COUNTY COMPLETE THE REQUIRED ABATEMENT IF I AM FINED?

While we would like to provide this service at some point in the future, at this time the Kern County Fire Department does not have the capability to conduct fire hazard abatement on cited properties. If you are fined, it is your responsibility to ensure the required corrections are made on the property and notify us when it is complete. If this is done within 15 days from the citation mailing date, your fine will be removed.

IS MY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION (HOA) RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE REQUIRED CLEARANCE?

While some HOA’s provide services to clear lots for property owners, ultimate responsibility falls to the property owner to ensure their lots are cleared correctly. Notification letters and administrative citations are sent to the property owners, not the HOA, so if clearance is needed on the property it is your responsibility to make arrangements for its completion. We do make an effort to notify HOA’s and other property management companies of the clearance expectations to keep them informed.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY RAISED BY THE FINES GO?

Money collected from fees from the program are used by the department to support various fuel reduction projects around the county, i.e. fire road maintenance, fuel breaks, and hazard tree removal.

WHAT IF I AM PHYSICALLY AND/OR FINANCIALLY UNABLE TO DO THE WORK?

While we understand that there are certain circumstances that make it difficult for homeowners to complete the clearances, we cannot allow hazards to remain that put your property and the community at risk. The financial burden of clearing your property is much less than having to replace it. If you are unable to complete the required clearances due to physical ailments or financial constraints, there are programs available in certain areas to assist you. If you contact your local area Fire Safe Council they should have the most current information on these programs.

CAN I GET AN EXTENSION ON THE CLEARANCE DEADLINE?

While no official extensions are given on the deadline, you are given a 15 day “grace period” from the mailing date on the citation to complete the work and submit proof to have the citation removed.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON DEFENSIBLE SPACE GUIDELINES AND FIREWISE LANDSCAPING?

Click on any of the links below for further information on Defensible Space Guidelines, fire-wise landscaping or program requirements.

KCFD Defensible Space Guidelines

KCFD FHRP Vendor List: http://kerncountyfire.org/hazard-info/fire-hazard-reduction-service-providers.html

Cal Fire Resources: www.readyforwildfire.org

Interactive SRA Map: http://www.fire.ca.gov/firepreventionfee/sraviewer_launch

http://firewise.org/

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program empowers citizens to help themselves and to safely help others after a disaster until first responders can arrive. 

After a catastrophic event, damaged roads and disrupted communications and utility systems may delay emergency response agencies.  This could leave many neighborhoods cut off from outside support for days immediately.  CERT volunteers are trained to help themselves and their neighbors before the professional responders arrive.

CERT members also support planned events like large races and parades, and provide information at community events to help everybody prepare for a disaster.

What are CERT Members Taught?

CERT Basic Skills is a 20-hour course s taught classroom style with hands on activities.  Participants perform tasks such as use a fire extinguisher, practice bandaging and splinting, and lifting large objects using cribbing techniques.  The class ends with a disaster simulation that gives participant the chance to put their new skills into practice.

Do I Have to Join a Team?

During CERT training, participants are taught to be able to take care of themselves, their family, and neighbors in the event of a disaster…in that order.  Therefore, if a person just wants to take the class so they can take care of themselves and their family, they will not be turned away.

How do I Become a CERT Member?

Locate a CERT team near your home or work and inquire about the next available Basic Skills class.  Since the curriculum is standardized, you may be able to attend a class in a neighboring area but join your local team. 

If there is no team in your area, consider working with your neighbors and with the Kern County Fire Department to establish one.

Where are the Kern County CERT Teams?

 

  Bakersfield
     George Ripsom, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 800-527-2742 
     Bob Belcher, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-477-6081
     Facebook - Bakersfield CERT

 California City
     David Orr, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Indian Wells Valley (Ridgecrest area)
    Brenda Dawson, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 760-384-8859                    

Kern River Valley
    Tom Klein, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-333-0265
    Dean Ott, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 760-793-1177
    Facebook - cert Kern River Valley

Mountain Communities (Frasier Park area)
    Jim Mason, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-245-1017
    David Reiner, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-289-5188

Pine Mountain Club
    Tom Yancey, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-242-1094
    Terry Butler, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-242-2145
    https://pinemtccacert.samariteam.com/Default.aspx

Stallion Springs
    Sandy Young, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-304-6968
    David Burt, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-808=7012

Rosamond
    Gary Darcy, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-752-7280
    Gina Darcy, Asst Coordinator

Greater Tehachapi Valley
    David Shaw, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661- 823-9237
    Facebook - TehachapiCERT
    TechachapiCERT.com

Bear Valley Springs 
     James Nelson, Team Manager , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661- 821-5205

 Golden Hills/Tehachapi  
     David Shaw, Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-823-9237 
     Sarah E. Rose, Asst Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-435-2233

 Sand Canyon  
     David Romo, Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-823-7238 
     Bernice Romo, Asst Team Manager, 626-297-8727

Alpine Forest  
     Sally Thoun, Team Manager, AlpineForestCERT@gmail, 310-463-4003  

Old West Ranch  
     Rob Dixon, Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-822-5050

Don’t see your community?

Contact:

Jeannie Taylor
Kern County CERT Coordinator
Kern County Fire Department
Desk: 661-391-7108 /Cell: 661-301-7111
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

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