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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

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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...
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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...
Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Time: 2:33:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-10-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...

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KERN COUNTY EMERGENCY ALERT PROGRAM

Kern County has implemented ReadyKern, a state-of-the-art emergency notification system alerts residents & businesses about natural disasters and other crises. The new emergency notification system enables Kern County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as earthquakes, severe weather, fires, floods, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

HOW READYKERN WORKS

The process begins when Kern County issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

To receive important communications from Kern County, residents and business owners must register the voice and text communication devices where they wish to receive messages.

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in ReadyKern. You may add more ways to contact you by selecting one of the following two options:

OPTION 1: ADVANCED REGISTRATION

Option 1 directs you to a secure website to create a user profile.  After selecting “Don’t have an account?  Sign up” at the bottom of the page, you will be asked to create your profile.  You will then be walked through the rest of the registration process.

Option 1 allows you to manage your user profile and update your contact information at your convenience.  All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential to the extent permitted by law.

CLICK HERE TO SELECT ADVANCE REGISTRATION

OPTION 2: EXPRESS REGISTRATION

Option 2 allows you to add your contact information without having to create a user profile. You may still manage your user profile and update your contact information at your convenience. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential to the extent permitted by law.

CLICK HERE TO SELECT EXPRESS REGISTRATION

To register by mail, download the registration form here and return to the address listed on the form.

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have registered yourself for ReadyKern, click here to update your contact information.  Log in and update.

STOP RECEIVING ALERTS

If you have registered for ReadyKern, call (661) 873-2602 and ask to opt out of ReadyKern.  By opting out of ReadyKern, you will no longer receive emergency notifications.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Kern County is pleased to announce the launch of its ReadyKern mass notification system. With this service, Kern County can send personalized voice and e-mail messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive issues such as emergencies and local community matters.

WHAT IS READYKERN?
The service allows authorized Kern County leaders to create and rapidly disseminate time-sensitive messages to every telephone number and e-mail address stored in the notification database.

HOW DOES READYKERN WORK?
ReadyKern enables Kern County, with one call or a few clicks of a computer mouse, to communicate with thousands of residents and businesses anywhere, anytime, via home phone, cell phone, business phone, or e-mail address.

WHAT TYPES OF MESSAGES WILL BE SENT USING READYKERN?
Any message regarding the safety or welfare of Kern County residents would be disseminated using the ReadyKern system. Examples would include the need to evacuate buildings or neighborhoods because of earthquake, fire, or flood, and any other situation that could impact the safety or welfare of Kern County residents.

HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS?
Initially the system was populated with listed home telephone numbers from the phone companies. Kern County has also provided a registration page for residents and businesses who do not have listed home telephone numbers to provide their contact information. The registration page also allows individuals to provide additional contact information such as a cell phone, business phone or e-mail address. Sign up online by clicking here. Sign up through mail by downloading the registration form and mailing it to the address provided on the form. It is our intention and hope that every residence and business in Kern County be included in the notification database.

WILL THERE BE A WAY TO POSITIVELY IDENTIFY INCOMING CALLS MADE BY KERN COUNTY USING READYKERN?
The Caller ID number for calls generated by the ReadyKern service will always begin with the 661 area code.   In addition, every message will begin with an introduction that identifies it as an urgent emergency message. 

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A LANDLINE? CAN READYKERN CALL MY CELL PHONE?
Yes. Residents who have registered their cell phone numbers in ReadyKern will receive notifications on their cell phone. Since there are many instances when residents may not be at home to receive an emergency message, we recommend that all residents with a cell phone add their number to ReadyKern.

MY CELL PHONE NUMBER HAS A NON-LOCAL AREA CODE. WILL I STILL RECEIVE CALLS?
Yes. The area code does not impact whether or not a call is made.

I REGISTERED SEVERAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES; WILL READYKERN CONTACT ME ON EACH ONE?
ReadyKern will continue to cycle through each and every communication device available until the message is delivered and confirmed by the recipient. To confirm a message, you must listen to the entire message and then press 1.

I REGISTERED MY CONTACT INFORMATION INTO READYKERN, BUT I NEED TO UPDATE MY INFORMATION. HOW CAN I DO THIS?
If you have registered yourself for ReadyKern, click here to update your contact information.   Log in and update.

DOES READYKERN REPLACE OTHER EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS?
No. ReadyKern is a significant enhancement to existing means of mass notification and is supplemental to, not a replacement for, other communication methods used by emergency personnel. During an emergency, television and radio will continue to broadcast important announcements. If emergency personnel recommend that you evacuate, you should follow their recommendations.

WILL MY PERSONAL INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANY THIRD PARTY ORGANIZATIONS?
Kern County will not share or distribute personal information to the extent permitted by law.

CAN I "OPT OUT" OF READYKERN CALLS?
Residents and businesses can opt out; however, we strongly discourage this. ReadyKern may be used to send information that is time-sensitive and critical. If you choose to opt out of the system, it will prevent Kern County from notifying you of important and potentially life-saving information. If you would still like to opt out of the system, click here.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have more questions about ReadyKern, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 211.

Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.

 


Understanding the Risk

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
CO gas can come from several sources: gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces and motor vehicles.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning.

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What you need to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off?

If no one is feeling ill:
  1. Silence the alarm.
  2. Turn off all appliances and sources of combustion (i.e. furnace and fireplace).
  3. Ventilate the house with fresh air by opening doors and windows.
  4. Call a qualified professional to investigate the source of the possible CO buildup.
If illness is a factor:
  1. Evacuate all occupants immediately.
  2. Determine how many occupants are ill and determine their symptoms.
  3. Call your local emergency number and when relaying information to the dispatcher, include the number of people feeling ill.
  4. Do not re-enter the home without the approval of a fire department representative.
  5. Call a qualified professional to repair the source of the CO.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from CO Poisoning

  • Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. Make sure the alarm has been evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Carbon monoxide alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms. It is very possible that you may not be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present.
  • Have a qualified professional check all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least once a year.
  • Never use your range or oven to help heat your home and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.
  • Never keep a car running in a garage. Even if the garage doors are open, normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.
  • When purchasing an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integrity of the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the garage and house. The presence of a carbon monoxide alarm in your home can save your life in the event of CO buildup.

 

Frequently asked questions about CO Alarms

Why should I have a working smoke alarm?

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, more than 66 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

What types of smoke alarms are available?

There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market, but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.

It cannot be stated definitively that one is better than the other in every fire situation that could arise in a residence. Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different, yet potentially fatal fires, and because no one can predict what type of fire might start in a home, the US Fire administration recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with:

  • Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR
  • dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors

In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.

What powers a smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms are powered by battery or they are hardwired into the home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. A backup battery is usually present on hardwired alarms and may need to be replaced.

These batteries must be tested on a regular basis and, in most cases, should be replaced at least once each year (except for lithium batteries). See the Smoke Alarm Maintenance section for more information.

Are smoke alarms expensive?

Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save. Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.

Some fire departments offer reduced price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

 

Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

Hardwired smoke alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician.

Smoke alarm maintenance

Is your smoke alarm still working? Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all.

A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. Depending on how your smoke alarm is powered (9-volt, 10-year lithium, or hardwired), you’ll have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions. General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance:

Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking

A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam.

  • If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
  • Open a window or door and press the hush” button,
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or
  • Move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.

Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.

  

For further information go to the U.S. Fire Administration Smoke Alarm Page

Having an escape plan in case of fire is something every family should create and practice. Practicing the escape plan will allow you to work through any issues and solve any dilemmas that may come up as a result of the practice drills.

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When Creating Your Family Fire Escape Plan:

  • Identify two ways to escape from every room in the home.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Select a safe location away from the home where your family can meet after escaping
  • Consider purchasing and storing escape ladders for rooms above ground level and make sure to learn how to use them.
  • If you have pets, include plans for their evacuation.
  • If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use your second way out.
  • If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke.
  • Before escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm, use your second escape route.

If smoke, heat or flames block both of your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Place a rolled towel underneath the door. Signal for help by waving a brightly colored cloth or shining a flashlight at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and let them know your exact location inside the home.

Create your own Escape Plan, Know Two Ways Out of every room.

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