Incident Name: Chester Incident
Incident Time:

08:05:00 p.m.

Incident Date: 10-27-2020
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Cause: Warming fire
Injuries: 1
Acres: 6
Containment: 100%
Equipment Assigned: KCFD Engines 63, 64, 8533; Patrol 61; Battalion 6; Arson Units 3, 5; KPIO
Total Personnel: 13

Bakersfield, CA

At approximately 8:05 p.m. firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department responded to a vegetation fire in the Kern riverbed, near the intersection of Chester Avenue and West Columbus Street. The first arriving fire personnel evacuated multiple persons from the area and began actively engaging in fire suppression. In total there were 13 firefighters on scene for approximately three hours and the fire was contained to 6 acres.

During firefighting operations a citizen who initially evacuated from the area at the request of fire personnel, disregarded safety warnings and ran back into the fire area. This action resulted in the citizen sustaining life-threatening injuries. Firefighter EMTs from the Kern County Fire Department immediately created a safe area to treat the patient and began life saving interventions. The patient was transported via ground ambulance for further treatment at a local area hospital. 

The cause of the fire was determined to be a warming fire that spread to nearby brush. 

Assisting Agencies: Hall Ambulance, CHP, BPD.







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