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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: Lynn Incident Incident Time: 2:32:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-21-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Judith Incident Incident Time: 2:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Water Incident Update Incident Time: 6:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-13-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Water Incident Incident Time: 9:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-13-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Digier Incident Incident Time: 11:25:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-12-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Bennett Incident Incident Time: 11:07:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-08-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Rosewood Incident Incident Time: 1:02:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-07-2018 Incident Type: Outside...
  Incident Name: Crestmont Incident Incident Time: 12:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-07-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: School Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Kirklees Incident Incident Time: 12:23:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Haldon Incident Incident Time: 1:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Sterling Incident Incident Time: 2:49:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Pine Incident Incident Time: 3:33:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-16-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Delano Rescue Incident Incident Time: 9:25:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-14-2018 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Orangewood Incident Incident Time: 11:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-10-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Hughes Incident Incident Time: 9:32:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-8-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Fresno Incident Incident Time: 2:10:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-4-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Tarina Incident Incident Time: 2:48:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-3-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Breckenridge Incident Incident Time: 4:12:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-27-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Fay Ranch Incident Incident Time: 8:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-24-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Jacona Incident Incident Time: 12:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  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...

Latest News

09/13/2018
firefighter-injury  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Injury September...
09/12/2018
digierevacadvisory    STATUS UPDATE:  Evacuation Order Has Been Lifted To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information...
07/09/2018
heatrelatedinjuries  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Tom Ellison, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Heat Related Injuries   This...
06/29/2018
kern-county-fire-assists-in-northern-californiaKern County Fire has sent three fire engines and a total of 18 people Sunday night to help battle fires in Northern California, where the governor has...
03/20/2018
fraudulentextinguishercoCONSUMER ALERT: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUDULENT FIRE EXTINGUISHER/EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS SERVICE COMPANIES   Office of the Fire MarshalKern County Fire...
12/08/2017
resource-updateKCFD Out-of-County Resource Update December 8, 2017  Firefighters, Fire Crews, Fire Dozers, and even Fire Mechanics from the Kern County Fire Department...
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...

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WebEOC is an Internet-based collaborative communications system that provides for information and resource tracking, data backup, situation analysis, and dissemination of information during EOC and/or Department Operations Center (DOC) activations and exercises. WebEOC includes a standard suite of status boards that are the electronic equivalent of large, chronological, paper-based boards typically found in EOCs and DOCs. WebEOC status boards are electronic displays that provide the ability to post, transmit, and share real-time information among WebEOC users.

DATES: See Below
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Kern County EOC, 2601 Panorama Drive, Building B, Bakersfield
(Press “5” at the front gate keypad for entry)
INTENDED AUDIENCE: This training is targeted towards personnel likely to be assigned to an EOC or DOC during activations and exercises in Kern County.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: During each two-hour training session, students will login to WebEOC. Using the WebEOC control panel, students will practice standard functions such as posting or updating Activity Log entries, making or updating Mission/Task requests, and sending messages to other students. The same material will be covered during each session.

 

 

WebEOC is an Internet-based collaborative communications system that provides for information and resource tracking, data backup, situation analysis, and dissemination of information during EOC and/or Department Operations Center (DOC) activations and exercises. WebEOC includes a standard suite of status boards that are the electronic equivalent of large, chronological, paper-based boards typically found in EOCs and DOCs. WebEOC status boards are electronic displays that provide the ability to post, transmit, and share real-time information among WebEOC users.Click here to login to WebEOC

 

WebEOC Basic Training

 

Kern County OES is pleased to offer WebEOC Basic Training. 

 

Course Description

 

During each two-hour training session, students will login to WebEOC. Using the WebEOC control panel, students will practice standard functions such as posting or updating Activity Log entries, making or updating Mission/Task requests, and sending messages to other students. The same material will be covered during each session.

 

Intended Audience

 

This training is targeted towards personnel likely to be assigned to an EOC or DOC during activations and exercises in Kern County.

 

Registration

Click here to register online.  

Or download a registration form. If you are interested in attending a session, please complete the registration form and return it 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 (email) or (661) 873-2699 (fax).

 

 

Questions?

 

If you have questions about WebEOC or the Basic Training courses, please send an email 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 (661) 873-2603.

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.


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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

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