Tejon Incident

 

 
Incident Name: Tejon Incident
Incident Time:

3:30:00 p.m.

Incident Date: 7-21-2019
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Equipment Assigned:

Engines 318, 324, 356, 357, 8532 (OES), 8533 (OES); Patrols 58, 64, 66; Crews 10, 11, 7; Sup 40; Water Tender 55; Battalions 5, 6, 4, 2; PIO; Safety Officer 6; Dozers 5, 7, Manager

 

BLM Engine 3143; Battalion 3115;

 

Forrest Service Patrol 75; Engines 71, 74; Crew 5; Battalion Chief 71;

 

LACO Fire Patrol 77

Cause: Under Investigation
Acres: North Fire - 75
South Fire - 150
Containment: North Fire - 80%
South Fire - 30%
Injuries: None
Total Personnel: 200+

Lebec, CA

At approximately 3:30 p.m. the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a grass fire on the roadside of the Southbound I-5 Freeway just North of the Fort Tejon exit. First arriving crews were faced with 2 separate fires about a quarter mile apart, both fires were in light flashy fuels headed uphill in hot/dry weather conditions. It was quickly determined that the southern most fire was a threat to Digier Canyon and the approximately 200 homes there. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Digier Canyon, with the evacuations center designated at the Frazier Mountain High School. Multiple Strike teams, Task Forces, and Air resources were ordered, with an emphasis on the protection of the Digier community and the people there. At this time forward fire progress has been stopped on both fires. Acreage has been held to 150, and 75 acres respectively. The Evacuation Order has now been lifted and residents may repopulate Digier Canyon. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night to achieve full containment and to complete mop up. No structures were lost, no injuries were reported.

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Assisting Agencies: CHP, KCSO, USFS, BLM, L.A. CO. FIRE, PG&E, Cal Trans
 
 
   

 
 
 

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