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Siren Testing In Lake Isabella

February 22, 2017 - The Kern County Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services will resume testing of the community alert sirens in the Lake Isabella area.  This routine testing was suspended during the drought.

The sirens were installed in 2006 to alert nearby residents of possible evacuation orders related to the Lake Isabella dam.  Preparedness and early notification are key components to being safe in the event of an emergency.  The Kern County Fire Department urges the public to register your phone number(s) at www.ReadyKern.org.  ReadyKern is a telephone notification system that will quickly and efficiently provide you with vital public safety information.

As always, the Kern County Fire Department is committed to serving our communities by protecting life, property and the environment through effective education, prevention, preparedness and emergency response.

Location of Sand Available to the Public

Please note that the Kern County Fire Department will NOT be handing out sandbags at any fire stations or at Headquarters.  To find sand for sandbags please visit Kern County Public Works.

Ready, Set, Go! - Flood Preparation

Make sure you are prepared for the possibility of flooding. Download Ready, Set, Go!  Guide to flood preparation here.

KCFD Receives Grant Money For Tree Mortality

December 6, 2016 - The Kern County Fire Department was awarded three CAL FIRE grants on Friday, December 2nd.  Two of these grants, for $200,000 each, are tree mortality grants funded by the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund.  One will be used to remove dead trees within 300 feet of homes in the Bear Valley Springs community.  The other is for dead trees within 300 feet of homes and roads in the community of Alta Sierra.  Work is expected to begin on these projects in the Spring.  Home owners who wish to participate will be required to fill out and return a Right of Entry permit, which is available on the Kern County Fire Department’s website.

The third grant is for a state-of-the-art, remote controlled, tracked chipper and transport trailer.  This machine is able to get off the road and up into the forest to treat fuels.  This will be used throughout the County on tree mortality projects, fuel breaks, and other fuel reduction projects.


Please contact Kern County Fire Department forester Jeff Gletne at 661-391-7075 if you need further information.

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.

Open Burning Restrictions & Campfire Information

November 22, 2016 - The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind the public that Open Burning of Hazard Reduction fuels continues to be restricted due to drought and long-range weather forecasts.  We will continue to closely monitor fuel and weather conditions and will allow Open Burning when appropriate--likely after the first of the year.

The Kern County Fire Department has lifted restrictions on campfires on county park land.  The public may have campfires in approved areas.  Remember to clear combustible material at least 10 feet from fire, have a responsible adult in attendance, and extinguish your fire completely.

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.

Incidents

Incident Name: Tulare Incident Incident Time: 2:13:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-19-2017 Incident Location: 200 block of West...
Incident Name: Caliente Incident Incident Time: 10:37:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-17-2017 Incident Location: Caliente...
Incident Name: David Incident Incident Time: 9:51:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-17-2017 Incident Location: David Road, East of...
Incident Name: Poso Creek  Incident Incident Time: 10:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 2-9-2017 Incident Location: Poso Creek on...
Incident Name: Carrier Parkway Incident Incident Time: 3:34:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-8-2017 Incident Location: 900 Block...
Incident Name: Farmers Incident Incident Time: 8:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 2-4-2017 Incident Location: 8500 Block of...
Incident Name: Kensington Incident Incident Time: 8:11:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-2-2017 Incident Location: 1000 Block of...
Incident Name: Meadows Field Incident Incident Time: 4:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-31-2017 Incident Location: Meadows...
Incident Name: Trash Compactor Incident Incident Time: 7:22:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-25-2017 Incident Location: 2717...
Incident Name: Swift Water Rescue Incident Incident Time: 3:40:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-22-2017 Incident...
Incident Name: Agnus Incident Incident Time: 10:48:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-20-2017 Incident Location: 700 block of Agnus...
Incident Name: Asher Incident Incident Time: 7:58:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-19-2017 Incident Location: 500 block of Asher...
Incident Name: Edison Incident Incident Time: 8:42:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-24-2016 Incident Location: Edison Hwy and...
Incident Name: Sterling Incident Incident Time: 6:14:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-18-2016 Incident Location: 3900 Block of...
Incident Name: San Joaquin Incident Incident Time: 11:37:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-16-2016 Incident Location: 3500 Block...
Incident Name: Coso Incident Incident Time: 3:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-13-2016 Incident Location: 400 Block of West...
Incident Name: Arnds Incident Incident Time: 9:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-28-2016 Incident Location: 22000 block of...
Incident Name: McKittrick Incident Incident Time: 7:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-23-2016 Incident Location: Addie Avenue,...
Incident Name: Cabin Fire Incident Incident Time: 2:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-20-2016 Incident Location: 15000 block...
Incident Name: Fairfax Incident Incident Time: 9:24:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-18-2016 Incident Location: 800 block of...
Incident Name: Potomac Incident Incident Time: 4:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-18-2016 Incident Location: 1900 Block...
Incident Name: Monterey Incident Incident Time: 12:44:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-17-2016 Incident Location: 3200 Block...
Incident Name: Weldon Incident Incident Time: 11:37:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-16-2016 Incident Location: Kelso Valley...
Incident Name: Mulberry Incident Incident Time: 3:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-08-2016 Incident Location: 7800 block of...
Incident Name: McCormac Incident Incident Time: 10:25:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-19-2016 Incident Location: 10000 block...
Incident Name: Paramount Incident Incident Time: 1:58:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-19-2016 Incident Location: 13646 Hwy...
Incident Name: Elk Hills Road Incident Incident Time: 2:18:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-10-2016 Incident Location: South...
Incident Name: Elk Hills Road Incident Incident Time: 2:18:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-10-2016 Incident Location: South...
Incident Name: Arvin Incident Incident Time: 5:59:00 a.m. Incident Date: 09-21-2016 Incident Location: 700 Block of...
Incident Name: Williams Incident Incident Time: 5:59:00 a.m. Incident Date: 09-21-2016 Incident Location: 700 Block of...

Latest News

12/23/2016
erskine-fire-updateErskine Fire Update - Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall says the Erskine Fire started as a result of a faulty electrical line in a tree. Marshall said...
12/09/2016
post-fire-informational-meetingsPost Fire Informational Meetings -  The Kern County Fire Department and Kern County Office of Emergency Services Director Brian Marshall would like to...
08/04/2016
liberty-high-school-lnLiberty High School Fire, Public Tips August 4th 2016  The Kern County Fire Department is seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a fire that...
06/30/2016
erskin-publichealth2-lnErskine Fire Public Health Notice Ash & Debris Removal  Contact: Michelle Corson, Public Relations Officer, Kern County Public Health Services...
06/30/2016
erskine-lacLOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER FOR ERSKINE FIRE SURVIVORS PLANNED State, local agencies and nonprofits to participate June 30, 2016 – A Local Assistance Center...
06/26/2016
eskine-repopulation-lnREPOPULATION EFFORT June 27, 2016   As of noon today, the evacuation recommendations for the Erskine Fire have been modified in order to facilitate the...
06/26/2016
call-center-latestnewsCALL CENTER MEDIA RELEASE June 26, 2016   Firefighting efforts continue today to contain the Erskine Fire and protect the community.  The Kern...
06/24/2016
erskin-evacuees-latestnewsERSKINE CREEK FIRE   Information about residents who have been evacuated from communities impacted by the wildfire near Lake Isabella can be found on...
06/20/2016
emergency-respondersEMERGENCY RESPONDERS SAFE A LIFE Shortly before 1:00 p.m., on May 30th, nineteen year-old Terrence Leonard collapsed while playing basketball.  As he lie...
06/14/2016
kernville-rescueKern River Rescue in Kernville Just after 6:00 AM this morning, Kern County Firefighters in Kernville were called to rescue a woman that was stuck on a...
06/08/2016
you-light-it-lnYou Light It, We Write It" Fireworks Safety The Kern County Fire Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up once again this Fourth of...
06/08/2016
special-needs-lnKCFD to Support Special Needs Climbing Event  June 7th, 2016 The Kern County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams will be supporting...
06/02/2016
chimney-press-release 6/1/2015 @ 8:30 PM KCFD sends 42 Firefighters to assist with Chimney Fire in Tulare County The Kern County Fire Department has sent a Type 3 Strike...
03/22/2016
03-22-2016-aarf2March 22nd, 2016  AARF 2 Delivery To:  All Media, Fire Personnel   Contact:     Tyler Townsend, Public Information Officer,...
02/24/2016
02-23-2016-wascoearthquakeFebruary 23rd, 2016  Wasco Earthquake  At approximately 4:02 PM a magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck the area of the city of Wasco, California. At this time...

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