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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.

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.

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: Adams Incident Incident Time: 7:10:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-16-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Cliff Incident Incident Time: 5:13:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Comanche Incident Incident Time: 3:55:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Inyo Incident Incident Time: 4:38:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-11-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Interstate 5 Incident Incident Time: 2:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-11-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Lebec Road Incident Incident Time: 1:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-8-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Boat Launch Incident Incident Time: 8:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-3-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Ridgecrest Incident Incident Time: 7:38:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-1-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Pioneer Incident Incident Time: 10:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 2nd Street Incident Incident Time: 8:52:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highway 99 and 166 Incident Incident Time: 8:05:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-22-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
  Incident Name: Santa Rosa Incident Incident Time: 12:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
        Incident Name: General Beale Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-15-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
      Incident Name: Herring Incident Incident Time: 6:50:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-14-2018 Incident Type: Grass...
  Incident Name: Mesa Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-07-2018 Incident Type: Grass Fire Equipment...
  Incident Name: Meyer Incident Incident Time: 12:39:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Aleutian Incident Incident Time: 05:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-27-2018 Incident Type: Hoist...
  Incident Name: Pellisier Incident Incident Time: 12:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-24-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Gregory Incident Incident Time: 12:34:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Stradler Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Dennis McCarthy Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-16-2018 Incident Type: Natural Gas...
  Incident Name: Fairfax Incident Incident Time: 9:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-13-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Mil Potrero Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-10-2018 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Wasco Avenue Incident Incident Time: 9:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-10-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Tejon Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-08-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highland Hills Incident Incident Time: 7:53:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Polk Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-26-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Sierra Vista Incident Incident Time: 5:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Jackson Incident Incident Time: 8:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-19-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Locust Ravine Incident Incident Time: 2:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...

Latest News

07/09/2018
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06/29/2018
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12/08/2017
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11/16/2017
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10/17/2017
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09/27/2017
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09/27/2017
franklin-arrestedArrest Made September 27, 2017  Today, Kern County Fire Department Arson Investigators arrested Damon Franklin, 41.  Franklin is charged with four...
09/03/2017
station72-equipment  New Equipment Delivered to Station 72 in Lake Isabella August 31, 2017  Kern County Firefighters at Station 72 in Lake Isabella received a brand-new...
08/14/2017
arson-arrested KCFD ARSON INVESTIGATORS MAKE AN ARREST Public Information Officer: (661) 330-0133 August 11, 2017  Following an exhaustive investigation, Kern...
08/08/2017
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08/07/2017
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07/12/2017
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07/07/2017
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07/06/2017
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Kern County has thousands of dead and dying trees that are threatening public safety and infrastructure. The County is taking action to work towards mitigating hazardous dead trees in the following ways:   

•    On April 5, 2016 the Board of Supervisors proclaimed a Local State of Emergency due to pervasive tree mortality. 
•    On October 30, 2015 Governor Brown issued a State of Emergency proclamation.  This proclamation recognizes and addresses the need for the removal of dead and dying trees throughout the State.
  
Tree Mortality Task Force

The Kern County Tree Mortality Task Force was assembled to develop a response plan for removing dead and dying hazard trees. The goal of the Task Force is to collaborate with local, as well as private, and public partners to identify and remove dead and dying trees which threaten public safety and infrastructure (power lines, water systems, roads/highways, communication lines, etc.). County staff continue to work towards mitigating the threat of dead and dying trees with our partners. The first step is to identify and prioritize areas where dead trees need to be removed to protect public infrastructure.

Supervisor Scrivner and the Kern County Fire Department are members of the Governor's Tree Mortality Task Force. This task force meets on a monthly basis and provides a forum for coordination and information sharing among local, state, federal, private and non-profit agencies in an effort to ensure public safety and continuity of essential services from the threat of tree mortality across the State of California.


Tree Mortality Coordination Efforts

There are a number of tree removal efforts taking place in Kern County and these will continue as new dead trees are identified and funding is obtained. Below is an outline of the various projects to remove trees around Kern County.

•    State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants were secured in 2015 for Bear Valley Springs, the Frazier Mt. Park area, and the Alpine Forest Park area.  These projects will utilize both private contractors and Kern County Fire Department personnel. 
•    Utility companies have been removing a large number of trees that threaten their infrastructure, especially in Bear Valley Springs and Alta Sierra.
•    Cal Trans has removed trees along State highways such as Highway 155 near Greenhorn Summit.
•    Private landowners have hired contractors to remove many dead trees that threaten their homes.

Kern County will continue to apply for additional grants to remove dead trees and treat other hazardous fuels.  These projects, which can cost thousands of dollars per acre, can be prohibitively expensive for landowners.  Landowners who wish to have trees removed or fuels treated through one of these grants will be required to sign a Right-of-Entry form that’s limits the liability of the County of Kern and it’s contractors. 

Private landowners can also get financial assistance to remove trees and replant through the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) or the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  

Landowners in the State designated tree mortality zone who wish to have trees removed (conifers only) or fuels treated through one of these grants will be required to sign a Right-of-Entry form that’s limits the liability of the County of Kern and it’s contractors.


Additional Links

A Forest Without Trees

Cal Fire Tree Mortality Information

Cal Fire Tree Notes - Managing Bark Beetles in Urban and Rural Trees

California Forest Stewardship Program

California Forest Stewardship Helpline Information

California Forest Stewardship Program Newsletter - Summer 2016

California Tree Mortality Task Force

California Tree Mortality Task Force on Facebook

Contracting for Tree Removal - Frequently Asked Questions

Home/Residential Insurance & Wildfire FAQs - Information from the California Department of Insurance

Ready for Wildfire - Cal Fire

Tree Mortality: Seeing is Believing - Blog written by CSAC President Richard Forster

 

Videos

The California Bark Beetle Epidemic

Tree Mortality: 29 Million & Counting

 

These resources made available to you from the County and its partner agencies. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Jeff Gletne
Forester
Kern County Fire Department
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(661) 391-7075

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