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Kern County Fire
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
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 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.