Kern County Fire Dept.
Firefighters responded to a wildland fire, early Saturday, October 5 morning on Highway 178, in the Lower Kern Canyon, 1 1/2 miles east of the mouth of the canyon. Highway 178 has since been re-opened to two-lane traffic as of 7:02 p.m. The fire burned to 92 acres and is 100 percent contained. Fire was west of the community of Isabella Lake on the Sequoia National Forest.
The “Cattle” fire was reported early Saturday morning at approximately 2:15 a.m., October 5. The fire was put into Unified Command with Kern County Fire Department. Hand-crews, patrols, engines, helicopters, fire management overhead from both agencies, along with Law Enforcement/Investigation resources, were immediately dispatched to the incident. Over 150 resources were assigned to this incident.
Cal-Trans coordinated the two closures along Highway 178. One was at the intersection of Highway 178 and the Old Kern Canyon Road and the other was at the west end of Hwy 178, at the mouth of the canyon (Bakersfield side).
The Cattle fire had been burning in steep, rocky terrain, in grass and brush, at a slow to moderate rate of spread and access proved to be difficult.
Ground resources were on scene before daylight September 5. Three helicopters began flying over the fire at daybreak and immediately started dipping from the Kern River and making water drops.