Incident Name: Quarry Incident
Incident Location: South of Highway 223, 5 miles east of Arvin 
Incident Time: 10:28:00 p.m.
Incident Date: 10-12-2017
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Equipment Assigned: Engines 11, 16, 18, 52, 54,345; Patrols 11, 16, 18, 51, 52, 54; Strike Team 9320C (Engines 318, 326, 335, 357, 376); Crews 7, 10; Helicopter 407; Dozers 1, 4; Water Tender 55; Battalions 1, 5, 8; Safety Officer; Information 1; Fire Investigators
Acres: 183
Containment: 75%
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 85+


Bakersfield,  CA

At 10:28 AM, the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a grass fire south of Highway 223, 5 miles east of Arvin. When fire crews first arrived on scene, they were faced with a fire burning in dry vegetation, estimated to be 10-20 acres.  The incident was named the Quarry Fire and additional resources were requested.  Firefighting efforts were made difficult because of low humidity, rugged terrain, and swirling winds near the steep canyons.  The Incident Commander declared that the priority is to stop the head of the fire before it threatens the community of Bear Valley Springs.  A coordinated attack from air and ground units held the fire to 183 acres—stopping the fire before it threatened civilians or structures.  Firefighters had the forward progress of the fire stopped by 1:30 PM.  Full containment of the fire is expected by 8:00 PM.  Crews are currently mopping up hotspots and securing the perimeter.

Fire cause is under investigation.  

Evacuations: None

Road Closures: None

Assisting Agencies: US Forest Service




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