Richbar Incident


Incident Name: Richbar Incident
Incident Time: 5:15:00 pm
Incident Date: 07-29-2015
Incident Location:

Highway 178 at Lower Richbar


Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Resources Used:

4 Patrols, 3 Engines, 1 Helicopter,

2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Safety Officer,

1 PIO 

Personnel: 23



Kern River Canyon - At 5:15 PM, the Kern County Fire Department received a report of a vehicle versus motorcycle accident in the Kern River Canyon approximately three miles west of the Lower Richbar Campground. Callers advised that grass was ignited on both sides of the highway. As crews approached the scene, they encountered a vehicle and motorcycle on fire along with approximately 1/4 acre of grass burning on the north and south sides of Highway 178. USFS and KCFD Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the grass, vehicle and motorcycle fires. KCFD Helicopter 408 launched from Keene to assist, but was cancelled en route as crews were able to contain the fire. Meanwhile, crews identified three patients at the scene with minor injuries. The adult male motorcycle rider was transported to a local hospital by Hall Ambulance as a precaution. The other two adults declined treatment and transport. CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.

Road Closures: Highway 178 near Lower Richbar was closed as crews worked the incident. The highway has since been reopened.

Assiting Agencies: USFS, CHP, Hall Ambulance

Additional Information: A hobbyist was preparing to fly his drone in the area of the accident. A KCFD Captain asked him to put the drone away. At the time, KCFD Helicopter 408 was en route and other air resources were on order to assist with the fire. A drone in the air space would have delayed or prevented the use of those air resources.










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