Fire on SR-178 closes down the canyon

Photo by Jake Lee Green
The KCFD Bell 205 helicopter gathers water from the Kern River for fire containment.
Photo by Jake Lee Green
Helicopters and tanker planes were called to the scene to drop water and fire retardants.
Photo by Jake Lee Green
Multiple firefighting agencies responded to “The River Fire” to contain the fire that crept up the mountainside just along the SR-178.
Photo by Jake Lee Green
Kern County Fire Fighters and multiple other resources were dispatched to subdue the fire.

By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun


At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Friday, October 19 firefighting units from the Kern County Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, and United States Forest Service and their resources were dispatched to contain a wildfire that had broken out near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon along the roadside of SR-178. The fire burned 25- acres of vegetation. Traffic was shut off from two directions at Old Kern Canyon and both sides of SR-178. ‘The River Fire’ was contained and traffic resumed its normal flow at approximately 7:15 p.m. Along with local and federal firefighting agencies, crews from Arizona were present to battle the blaze.