Fire in Wofford Heights dubbed the Wild Incident

Photo courtesy of KCFD
Photo courtesy of KCFD

By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun

The Kern County Fire Department Emergency Communications Center received multiple reports of an unspecified type of fire on Wildwood Drive in Wofford Heights at approximately 12:12 a.m. on November 28. The fire was later identified as structural shortly after emergency personnel was dispatched to the scene. Minutes after that the fire was upgraded to a “reinforced structure response.” Five engines (71, 72, 76, and 42), two Battalion Chiefs (Battalion 7), and a Safety Officer (Breathing Support 66) were able to respond. Of the five engines, two engines who responded from the valley floor ran into ice and snow conditions at the passes. Firefighters found a double-wide mobile home, and its additions, fully immersed in flames with vehicles in proximity burning upon their arrival. Several other residences and vehicles in the surrounding area were threatened. In order to subdue the fire a relay pumping operation was established to bring water from roughly 700 feet away from where the closest source of water was located. After 35 minutes of containment protocols, the fire was brought under control and then extinguished thereafter. Conditions during the firefighting operations were in the temperature range of high twenties and the low thirties, with slight snowfall off and on. No injuries have been reported, but, it is noted that the occupancy of the home was one at the time of the fire. The family of the mobile home has gained assistance from the Fire Department by receiving a CPF SAVE CARD to help replace necessary daily-use items. The estimated loss of property was $85,000.

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