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Fire Chief Appointment

June 11, 2019                                          

This afternoon the Kern County Board of Supervisors appointed a new Fire Chief of the Kern County Fire Department, former Interim Fire Chief David Witt. Chief Witt, a Kern County native, has been serving as Interim Fire Chief since February of this year. We are honored to announce the appointment of such a highly qualified and motivated individual to lead this County’s Fire Department. We thank the Board of Supervisors for appointing a Fire Chief that members of the fire department and the communities it serves can have confidence in. 

 

 

                                                     

                                              

 

Today the Kern County Fire Department announces the use of Smart911, which enables its users to create a free, private, and secure Safety Profile. When someone creates a Safety Profile they are planning ahead for potential emergencies. This proactive planning provides Emergency Dispatchers and Firefighters with information that helps them locate and help individuals requiring assistance during an emergency

When creating a Safety Profile users choose how much and what information to provide. Some examples include:

- Address
- Medical History
- Medications
- Allergies
- Pets
- Emergency Contacts

Smart911 is a national service meaning the Safety Profile travels with the user and is accessible by any participating 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center nationwide. 

Register today at smart911.com or download the Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play.

Received a Hazard Reduction Citation?

If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

Kelso Creek Emergency Operations Plan

The Final Draft of the Kelso Creek Communities Emergency Operations Plan has been released.   Click here for access.

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.

Isabella Dam Update

Click here for the latest information on the the Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tree Mortality

Tree Mortality rates throughout California have skyrocketed.   Click here for information.

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.

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Past Incident Info

    Incident Name: Sonic Incident Incident Time: 2:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-18-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Everett Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-17-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Cummings Incident Incident Time: 12:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-17-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: 11th Street Incident Incident Time: 12:11:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-4-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Mesa Incident Incident Time: 2:42:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-31-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Palm Incident Incident Time: 12:29:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Tejon Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-21-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Rolling Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-19-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Olive Incident Incident Time: 6:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Beaver Incident Incident Time: 5:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-7-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Nusil Incident Incident Time: 5:25:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-4-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Highway 33 Incident Incident Time: 10:36:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-2-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: 7th Street Incident Incident Time: 12:33:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-30-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Esther Incident Incident Time: 8:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-10-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Crystal Incident Incident Time: 11:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-1-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Bear Incident Incident Time: 5:23:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-30-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lost Hills Incident Incident Time: 4:53:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-23-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Sequoia Incident Incident Time: 3:53:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-19-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Tucker Incident Incident Time: 10:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-19-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Wall Incident Incident Time: 8:48:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-19-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Barrel Incident Incident Time: 3:02:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-16-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Kelso Incident Incident Time: 4:17:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Kecks Incident Incident Time: 6:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lanyne Incident Incident Time: 3:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Vulcan Incident Incident Time: 3:04:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-03-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Corrientes Incident Incident Time: 8:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-27-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Rosedale Incident Incident Time: 10:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-15-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Gallery Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-13-2019 Incident Type: Carbon...
    Incident Name: Oleander Incident Incident Time: 4:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-2-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Decator Incident Incident Time: 11:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-1-2019 Incident Type: Structure...

Latest News

07/26/2019
suspectarrest  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn - Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Arson Suspect Arrest July 26,...
07/09/2019
fireworksstatistics  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Captain Nate Perkins, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: July 4th Fireworks Statistics July...
03/04/2019
paramedicrevivedlife  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: KCFD Paramedic revived life March  1, 2019 At...
01/14/2019
firefighter-injury-2  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Injury January ...
11/27/2018
burning-restrictions  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Open Burning Restrictions and...
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...

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ERSKINE FIRE EOC MEDIA UPDATE

 

July 5, 2016Repopulation Effort:  All road closures have been lifted.

 

The local call center at our EOC will be closed starting today 7-5-16 at noon.  For information updates, please call 211, which is staffed by Information and Referral Services.

 

The shelter at Kernville Elementary will be closing Thursday 7-7-16 at noon.

 

We urge residents impacted by the Erskine fire to visit the Local Assistance Center (LAC) to coordinate services and resources available to them.  The LAC is open at Wallace Middle School, 3240 Erskine Creek Rd. from 9:00AM-6:00PM M-F and 9:00AM-4:00PM Sat-Sun. The LAC serves as a one-stop shop for information services on disaster relief; how to replace records lost in the fire, and apply for assistance.  The LAC provides a single place for those affected by the fire to receive information on how to start on the road to recovery.   

State Departments offering services include:  DMV, Contractors State License Board, Department of Insurance, Employment Development Department, and Department of Public Health - Vital Records.  Various County Agencies and other Non-Profit Organizations will also be present.

 

Employers Affected By The Fire

Employers in Kern County directly affected by the Erskine wildfire may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD, to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return to file/pay.  Visit the Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers page for more information.  If you have any questions, contact our Taxpayer Assistance Center at

1-888-745-3886.

 

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits:  The recent Governor’s Emergency Proclamation waives the non-payable, one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients. This means individuals can be paid unemployment benefits for the first week they are unemployed due to the disaster.  Individuals can access UI services, including claim filing, by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-300-5616. Additional phone numbers for Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and TTY: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Telephone_Numbers.htm.  Individuals can also access UI and other EDD services online at:  http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/Online_ Services.htm

 

For those without reliable internet or phone services, individuals can also receive EDD services, including assistance with their UI claims, at the following nearby America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC).  The management teams at these offices have been advised and are ready to assist individuals impacted by the disaster: 

AJCC- Bakersfield 1600 E. Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307

AJCC- Ridgecrest 1400 N. Norma Street, Suite 105, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

AJCC- Delano 1816 Cecil Avenue, Delano, CA 93215

 

Public Works:  In coordination with Kern Regional Transit, a dedicated “Dial A Ride Service” is available at 1(800)323-2396 for Erskine fire victims to arrange a ride to the Local Assistance Center.  In coordination with Kern County Fire Department and the Kern High School District, the Sikh Friends of Bakersfield are offering free meals to Erskine fire victims, responders, and volunteers at Kern Valley High School from 11 AM to 5 PM daily.

 

The Kern County Public Works Department has scheduled a special One Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, July 23, 2016 to target and collect the household hazardous waste from affected properties. Residents living in the areas affected by the Erskine Fire, with household hazardous waste items in need of disposal, can stop by Mt. Mesa Park located at 4361 McCray Road from 9AM to 3PM, Saturday, July 23, 2016. For more information or updates visit the website at www.kerncountywaste.com.

 

Public Health:  Kern County Public Health and the State of California will be offering a debris cleanup assistance program for residences affected by the Erskine Fire. The purpose of this program is to assist in getting your property clean, safe, and ready for rebuild.  As soon as more information is available, residents will be able to sign up for the program. Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about this program on Wednesday July 6th at 6:00pm, at Woodrow Wallace Middle School.

 

Utilities:  Amerigas Propane wants to encourage customers returning to their homes to call their energy provider prior to turning their system back on, if their system was turned off, or if they have had any interruption of service.  Amerigas Propane will waive the leak check fee for all Amerigas Propane customers in areas affected by the fire.

 

Donations:  For the most up to date information on where to receive or donate goods, please contact 211.  For a list of donation sites where items are available for distribution please visit our website at www.kerncountyfire.org.

Monetary donations are being encouraged for the local chapter of the Red Cross and for the United Way of Kern County. The following is a link for a fund established through Firefighters First Credit Union / Family Fund. 100% of donations go to support the cause.  Please visit  The Fire Family Foundation for information.  Animal related donations should be directed to Lake Isabella County Animal Shelter at 14891 Hwy 178, Monday-Friday, from 8AM-5PM.  

Do not send donations to the emergency shelters.

 

Non-monetary donations (non-food) in Bakersfield should be directed to Good Will locations throughout the county between 8AM-5PM. The Elks Lodge at 7608 Wofford Blvd in Wofford Heights, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, is also accepting non-monetary donations.

 

Non-perishable food donations should be directed to the Lake Isabella Food Pantry at 4621 Lake Isabella Blvd attention Steve or Phillis. Donations here are accepted 24/7.  They need food that can make a meal such as canned chili, canned ravioli, canned soup, hamburger helper, etc.

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