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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.


Office of the Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention

2820 M Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
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.

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

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  Incident Name: 17th Avenue Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Houghton Incident Incident Time: 2:41:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-24-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 3rd Street Incident Incident Time: 7:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Brundage Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-09-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 6th Street Incident Incident Time: 11:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 10-07-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Time: 10:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 10-03-2018 Incident Type: Truck...
  Incident Name: Jewetta Incident Incident Time: 12:26:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-03-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Trino Incident Incident Time: 8:44:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-02-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Mark Incident Incident Time: 9:15:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
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7/2/16  8:45 a.m.  - An evacuation advisory has been issued for the Bear Valley Springs area due to the threat from the Deer Fire.  Residents to the north and west of the intersection of Deer Trail Drive and Starland Drive are urged to relocate to safety immediately.   Residents in the community of Hart Flat are advised to prepare for evacuation.  Assemble family members and pets, pack necessities, and park vehicles for easy escape as soon as advised to evacuate.  Visit http://www.readykern.com to register and receive fire updates and evacuation orders as they become available.

Evacuation Center

The evacuation center is at Jacobson Middle School, 711 Anita Drive, in Tehachapi.  Provisions for persons and their companion animals are available.

Road Closures

Highway 223 is closed form Arvin to the intersection with Highway 58.


7/8/16 8:00 p.m. -Acreage/Containment: 1,785 acres - 99% contained
County: Kern
Location: Hwy 223 and Deertrail, 6 miles east of Arvin
Administrative Unit: Kern County Fire / CAL FIRE
Date Started: July 1, 2016

Personnel: 95
Engines: 5
Crews: 3
Helicopters: 1

Cooperating Agencies: Kern County Fire/OES, Kern County Sheriff, CHP, Bear Valley CSD, CalOES, CDCR, American Red Cross, Cal Edison, Tejon Ranch, CCC.

Current Situation:
Suppression repair activities continue and firefighters will be working overnight to construct construct containment lines while strengthening and securing control lines. 

Residents need to be prepared for this fire season. The prolonged drought has cause epidemic levels of Bark Beetles that have increased tree mortality to over 66 million dead trees.

For more information visit the following websites; www.readykern.com to register and receive fire updates and evacuation orders and www.readyforwildfire.org

SAFETY MESSAGE - The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please drive slowly as emergency personnel are in the area.

Evacuations: None
Evacuation Centers: None
Road Closures: None

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
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.



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