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Fire Prevention Has Relocated

Please note that as of Monday, March 13, 2017, the Fire Prevention Division of the Kern County Fire Department will no longer be located at the headquarters office (5642 Victor Street, 93308) or Public Services Building (2700 M Street, 93301).

In order to improve Fire Department’s efficiency to our citizens, both offices have been conveniently consolidated under a cost-neutral agreement to relocate to their new location at 2820 M Street, just north of Golden State Avenue. This strategic location (formally the Parks & Recreation Dept.) is across the street from the Public Services Building and will streamline the permit process as a one-stop shop for our constituents.

The Kern County Fire Prevention Division plays a very important role in the Department’s overall mission. This unit is tasked with implementing the policies and programs that reduce the magnitude of emergencies, and prevents or minimizes the loss of life, property, and environmental damage. The Fire Prevention Division provides education to our public, the engineering per the fire code during plan review, and enforcement of the fire code to meet our goals.

We look forward to serving you at our new location. Operating hours will remain 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and will be closed for lunch from Noon – 1pm. Also, the Fire Prevention Division can be reached at their new phone number (661) 391-3310 for any questions.

Fire Hazard Reduction Information Update for 2017

A Fire Hazard Reduction Notification has been issued for 2017.   Click the Hazard Reduction Tab for more information.

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.

Hazard Reduction Burning on State Responsibility Area Land

The Kern County Fire Department is now opening hazard reduction burning on State Responsibility Area (SRA) land.

A significant change has occurred in the communities of Lebec, Frazier Park, and Pine Mountain Club. The Los Padres National Forest will no longer administer SRA hazard reduction burning in Kern County. The Kern County Fire stations in these communities will serve as the permitting authority for their respective response areas. Permits will be made available to the public during business hours from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. As always, permits shall be provided only to those property owners who meet the clearance and safety requirements.

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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Incidents

Incident Name: Capital Hills Incident Incident Location: North of Mills Street and Highway 58 Incident Time: 06:00:00...
Incident Name: 13600 block of Highway 33 Incident Location: Highway 33 Incident Time: 10:49:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Gromer Incident Incident Location: 28900 block of Gromer Avenue Incident Time: 1:18:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Location: I-5 at Grapevine Road Incident Time: 3:31:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Keene Incident Incident Location: 2 miles northwest of Keene Incident Time: 11:55:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name:  James Market Incident Incident Location: 14000 Block of Highway 178 Incident Time: 11:45:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Bena Incident Incident Location: Bena Road and Highway 58 Incident Time: 9:45:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name:  Wonderful Incident Incident Location: Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds Incident Time: 9:21:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Oregon Incident Incident Location: 200 Block of Oregon Street Incident Time: 4:33:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Quarry Incident Incident Location: South of Highway 223, 5 miles east of Arvin  Incident Time: 10:28:00...
Incident Name: Willow Incident Incident Location: Willow Drive between South Oildale Drive & Hickerson Drive Incident...
Incident Name: Pond Incident Incident Location: Pond Road east of Highway 99 Incident Time: 11:10:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Lacewood Incident Incident Location: 600 block of Lacewood Court Incident Time: 3:58:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Naylor Incident Incident Location: 300 block of Naylor Avenue Incident Time: 7:00:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Tule Incident Incident Location: 400 block of Tule Road Incident Time: 5:19:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Eastern Incident Incident Time: 1:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 09-22-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Cecil Incident Incident Time: 6:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-22-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Mountain Park Incident Incident Time: 3:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-5-2017 Incident...
Incident Name: Poplar Incident Incident Time: 2:05:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-4-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Jay Incident Incident Time: 1:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-1-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Tehachapi Incident Incident Time: 2:40:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-26-2017 Incident Type: Technical...
Incident Name: White Incident Incident Time: 2:50:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-26-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Time: 4:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-24-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Harding Incident Incident Time: 1:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-17-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Concord Incident Incident Time: 11:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-16-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Morning Incident Incident Time: 9:10 p.m. Incident Date: 08-16-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Buchanan Incident Incident Time: 1:02 p.m.   strong>Incident Date: 08-16-2017 Incident...
Incident Name: Highway 58 Incident Incident Time: 3:49:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-13-2017 Incident Type: Grass...
Incident Name: Sierra Incident Incident Time: 11:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-13-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Gulch Incident Incident Time: 11:27:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-11-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...

Latest News

11/16/2017
helicopter-articleKern Helicopter In High Demand    This article features helicopters out fitted for night flying in high demand.    Follow the link to a great article...
10/17/2017
helitack-herosFirefighters Tackle California Wildfires October 17, 2017    This article features the Helitack Heroes of H408 and includes some quotes and several...
09/27/2017
puertorico-deploymentsKCFD Deploys Personnel to Puerto Rico and Throughout California September 27, 2017  The Kern County Fire Department has 60 firefighters battling wildfires...
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
clagary-final CALGARY FIRE FINAL STATUS UPDATE On Call Fire Information Officer: (661) 330-0133 Wofford Heights, CA:  August 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. This will be the...
08/07/2017
clagary-assist CALGARY FIRE INFORMATION EVACUATION NOTICE LIFTED  Effective 8 pm August 6, 2017, the Evacuation Advisory for residents of Wofford Heights for the...
07/12/2017
firefighters-assistKern County Firefighters Assist Throughout California July 11, 2017 The Kern County Fire Department has sent 64 personnel to assist with battling...
07/07/2017
paramadics-supportKCFD Paramedics Provide Advanced Life Support to Mountain Community July 6, 2017 Over the July 4th weekend Paramedics at Kern County Fire Station 58 in...
07/06/2017
fireworks-statsFIREWORKS 2017 STATS Fireworks Taskforce Personnel July 4, 2017 15 Call Center Personnel 25  Cost for Personnel...
07/05/2017
arson-caught-3July 5, 2017 Calls for Illegal Fireworks The preliminary numbers for calls reporting illegal fireworks on July 4th. The Fireworks Task Force Hotline...
06/28/2017
arson-caught-2June 29, 2017 9:30 PM Hub Fire:  Investigators Arrest Man for Arson At approximately 9:30 pm, on Monday June 26, a male subject was taken into custody...
06/23/2017
arson-caughtJune 22, 2017 Fire Investigators Arrest Man for Arson On Wednesday June 21 at 9:40pm, Kern County firefighters extinguished a structure fire on the...
05/22/2017
brian-massey    It is with deep sadness and regret that we must announce that Kern County Fire Engineer Brian Massey has passed away.  At 8:00 am on...

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Requested Items

New Clothing (not used)
New Underwear (not used)
Hygiene items
Feminine Hygiene Products
New blankets
Shoes (new)
Baby Care (Diapers, Wipes, Formula)
Adult Care (Diapers, Potty pads)
Non-perishable food items
Manual can openers
Paper towels
Toilet tissue
Plastic ware
Paper plates
Fans
First Aid Kits

 

Lake Isabella Area Donation Sites - Erskine Fire
Organization Address Hours Description of Donations Available
Elks Lodge 6708 Wofford Blvd.  Wofford Heights, CA Mon-Fri 9am-4pm Tons of water, food, band aids, anti-bacterial cream, sun screen, paper plates, paper towels, plastic utinsles, towels, batteries, cleaning supplies, new underwear
Lake Isabella Food Pantry 4621 Lake Isabella Blvd
Lake Isabella, CA
Mon-Sun 10am-5pm Food, Water, Some toys, pet food, toiletries
New Assembly of God 25 Arden Avenue         Wofford Heights, CA Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Water, Food, Baby Formula, Baby toys, toiletries (shampoo, deoderant, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste), some dog/cat food
Faith Community Church (All for One Movement) 20 West Panorama        Wofford Heights, CA Mon-Sun 8am - 8pm Shoes, Toys, Toiletries, Laundry Detergent, Water, Gatorade,
Non-Perishable Food such as canned goods, snack items, Towels, diapers , potty pads, limited cleaning Supplies, Ice, Pet Food,
Mt. View Baptist Church

2959 Erskine Creek Rd.

Lake Isabella, CA

Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm Food, Canned Food, Can openers, Personal Hygiene (soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, deoderant), kids toys
First Baptist Church 3701 Suhre St.
Lake Isabella, CA
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm
Sunday Noon-8pm
Lots of Water, juice food, toiletries, adult and baby diapers, blankets, towels, misc. household items

 

 

Erskine Fire Update July 5, 2016 8:05 AM

Fire Information: 760-376-3781 10:00 AM2:00 PM  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4806/#

 

Fire Start: June 23, 2016                                                              Location: Lake Isabella

Size: 48,019 acres                                                                        Cause: Under investigation

Percent Contained: 95%                                                             Costs to Date: $22.6 million

Total Personnel:    146                                                               Damaged Structures: 17

Unified Command: USFS, BLM, Kern County                                  Destroyed Structures: 257 Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff

 

 

Today’s Fire Summary: The type 3 team will transition to the type 4 organization Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.  Fire crews will patrol the perimeter of the fire and conduct mop-up operations as needed.  Smoldering stumps and heavy fuels well within the fire's perimeter might generate smoke that could be visible for the next several days.
 
Erskine Fire Close Out Community Meeting: Representatives from the USFS, BLM, and KCFD invite the public to attend a community meeting on Tuesday July 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) located at Wallace Middle School, 3240 Erskine Creek Road in Lake Isabella.   Officials will present final statistics and thoughts on the Erskine Fire.  They will respond to questions from the public.  The media may also attend.
 

Fire Restrictions:  A reminder that the Jun3 10, 2016 order issued by the Sequoia National Forest to restrict fire use is still in effect.  It includes campfires or charcoal fires, being allowed only in designated campgrounds; smoking confined to enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites and designated sites; and a ban on fireworks, exploding targets, tracer rounds and other incendiary ammunition or devices in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument at any time.  For a full list of fire restrictions and other alerts, visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices for a list of areas.

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire:  Keep fire restrictions in mind while visiting.  Hot embers can travel for miles in the wind and it takes one small spark to ignite a large wildfire.  Do your part to prevent wildfires.

Shelters: The shelter at Kernville Elementary will close on Thursday at noon.  The Red Cross Safe and Well website is www.safeandwell.community.org.
 
Road Status:  All roads are open with the exception of Piute Mtn Road located within the Forest closure boundary.  For more information about the closure visit, http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd507582.pdf
 
Local Assistance Center (LAC):  The center is open at Wallace Middle School, 3240 Erskine Creek Rd. from 9:00 am - 6:00 PM M-F and 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sat-Sun.  The center provides information services on disaster relief, how to replace records lost in the fire, and how to apply for assistance.
 
The EOC call center hours are intermittent, the number is 661-873-2660.  For information about Referral and Social Services, please call 211.

 


 

ERSKINE FIRE EOC MEDIA UPDATE

 

July 5, 2016Repopulation Effort:  All road closures have been lifted.

 

The local call center at our EOC will be closed starting today 7-5-16 at noon.  For information updates, please call 211, which is staffed by Information and Referral Services.

 

The shelter at Kernville Elementary will be closing Thursday 7-7-16 at noon.

 

We urge residents impacted by the Erskine fire to visit the Local Assistance Center (LAC) to coordinate services and resources available to them.  The LAC is open at Wallace Middle School, 3240 Erskine Creek Rd. from 9:00AM-6:00PM M-F and 9:00AM-4:00PM Sat-Sun. The LAC serves as a one-stop shop for information services on disaster relief; how to replace records lost in the fire, and apply for assistance.  The LAC provides a single place for those affected by the fire to receive information on how to start on the road to recovery.   

State Departments offering services include:  DMV, Contractors State License Board, Department of Insurance, Employment Development Department, and Department of Public Health - Vital Records.  Various County Agencies and other Non-Profit Organizations will also be present.

 

Employers Affected By The Fire

Employers in Kern County directly affected by the Erskine wildfire may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD, to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return to file/pay.  Visit the Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers page for more information.  If you have any questions, contact our Taxpayer Assistance Center at

1-888-745-3886.

 

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits:  The recent Governor’s Emergency Proclamation waives the non-payable, one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients. This means individuals can be paid unemployment benefits for the first week they are unemployed due to the disaster.  Individuals can access UI services, including claim filing, by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-300-5616. Additional phone numbers for Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and TTY: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Telephone_Numbers.htm.  Individuals can also access UI and other EDD services online at:  http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/Online_ Services.htm

 

For those without reliable internet or phone services, individuals can also receive EDD services, including assistance with their UI claims, at the following nearby America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC).  The management teams at these offices have been advised and are ready to assist individuals impacted by the disaster: 

AJCC- Bakersfield 1600 E. Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307

AJCC- Ridgecrest 1400 N. Norma Street, Suite 105, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

AJCC- Delano 1816 Cecil Avenue, Delano, CA 93215

 

Public Works:  In coordination with Kern Regional Transit, a dedicated “Dial A Ride Service” is available at 1(800)323-2396 for Erskine fire victims to arrange a ride to the Local Assistance Center.  In coordination with Kern County Fire Department and the Kern High School District, the Sikh Friends of Bakersfield are offering free meals to Erskine fire victims, responders, and volunteers at Kern Valley High School from 11 AM to 5 PM daily.

 

The Kern County Public Works Department has scheduled a special One Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, July 23, 2016 to target and collect the household hazardous waste from affected properties. Residents living in the areas affected by the Erskine Fire, with household hazardous waste items in need of disposal, can stop by Mt. Mesa Park located at 4361 McCray Road from 9AM to 3PM, Saturday, July 23, 2016. For more information or updates visit the website at www.kerncountywaste.com.

 

Public Health:  Kern County Public Health and the State of California will be offering a debris cleanup assistance program for residences affected by the Erskine Fire. The purpose of this program is to assist in getting your property clean, safe, and ready for rebuild.  As soon as more information is available, residents will be able to sign up for the program. Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about this program on Wednesday July 6th at 6:00pm, at Woodrow Wallace Middle School.

 

Utilities:  Amerigas Propane wants to encourage customers returning to their homes to call their energy provider prior to turning their system back on, if their system was turned off, or if they have had any interruption of service.  Amerigas Propane will waive the leak check fee for all Amerigas Propane customers in areas affected by the fire.

 

Donations:  For the most up to date information on where to receive or donate goods, please contact 211.  For a list of donation sites where items are available for distribution please visit our website at www.kerncountyfire.org.

Monetary donations are being encouraged for the local chapter of the Red Cross and for the United Way of Kern County. The following is a link for a fund established through Firefighters First Credit Union / Family Fund. 100% of donations go to support the cause.  Please visit  The Fire Family Foundation for information.  Animal related donations should be directed to Lake Isabella County Animal Shelter at 14891 Hwy 178, Monday-Friday, from 8AM-5PM.  

Do not send donations to the emergency shelters.

 

Non-monetary donations (non-food) in Bakersfield should be directed to Good Will locations throughout the county between 8AM-5PM. The Elks Lodge at 7608 Wofford Blvd in Wofford Heights, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, is also accepting non-monetary donations.

 

Non-perishable food donations should be directed to the Lake Isabella Food Pantry at 4621 Lake Isabella Blvd attention Steve or Phillis. Donations here are accepted 24/7.  They need food that can make a meal such as canned chili, canned ravioli, canned soup, hamburger helper, etc.

 

The purpose of the Kern County Fire Department Ride-Along Program is to foster community involvement, understanding, and education by providing an opportunity for the public and county employees to gain first-hand experience of the duties and responsibilities of Fire Department personnel.

PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. All persons wishing to participate in the Ride-Along Program must be at least 18 years of age and be subject to a background review.
  2. A completed Application for Ride-Along shall be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of the preferred ride-along date. Submitting a request does not guarantee approval. Applicants shall be notified in writing if the request is denied.
  3. Approval is determined by any of the following criteria:

a.       Required mandatory continuing education for public service providers

b.       Kern County EMS required educational development of emergency services students

c.       Approved by the Fire Chief

  1. Prior to the approval and scheduling of the Ride-Along,  you will be required to sign the Ride-Along Program Rules, Hold Harmless, and Confidentiality Agreements Participants must have a valid photo ID or current driver’s license with them when reporting for their scheduled ride-along.
  2. Applicants who are currently in the Kern County Fire Department application or pre-employment screening process are NOT eligible.
  3. Date, time, and station preferences shall be accommodated when possible.
  4. Participants shall be limited to one ride-along per year unless otherwise specified by Kern County EMS requirements.

 

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

Complete the on-line Application for Ride-Along and review the additional forms that require a signature prior to participation.   After the application has been submitted, our Investigation Bureau will conduct a background check and interview. At that time you will be asked to sign the Ride-Along Program Rules, Hold Harmless, and Confidentiality Agreements. The Ride –Along shall be scheduled no less than two weeks after all of the forms are signed.

HOW LONG CAN I RIDE AT A TIME?
Ride–along tours will generally be limited to a two (2) hour minimum, up to a maximum of 12 hours, subject to the discretion of a chief officer or his designee. The hours shall be between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

COULD I GET HURT?
Firefighter duties are inherently dangerous and emergency scenes can be chaotic. Department personnel shall emphasize efforts to ensure the safety of program participants at all times and such efforts require the participants to follow the orders and directions of the Fire Department Officer in Charge (OIC) exactly, and without question.  Upon any concern for the safety of the participant, the OIC shall determine the best course of action which may require the participant be dropped off at a safe location and the Ride-Along be terminated. In such an occurrence, the participant shall be provided clear instructions of the arrangements for them to be picked up and transported to the appropriate location. 

WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
Meal arrangements will be the participant’s responsibility. You should bring enough money for food/drinks, snacks, etc.

CAN I BRING A CAMERA?
Due to questions of “Right to Privacy”, no cameras or tape recorders are allowed during emergency activities. Exceptions may be made for non-emergency working environments but only with specific approval and direction from the OIC.

CRIMINAL RECORD?
A criminal record may be cause to have your application denied.

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