At approximately 5:10 a.m. on Friday, May 12, the Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) received a call about a grass fire in the Erskine Creek area.
The fire necessitated a hefty response with more than 50 personnel from KCFD responding. KCFD engine 72 out of Lake Isabella was the first engine to respond to the fire. There was also a response from engine 371 of South Lake, 378 of Piute Mountain and 336 of Glennville. There was also a response from Helicopter 408, Rio Bravo Hotshot Crew 7, Patrol 76 of Kernville and Kern County Crew 10. KCFD was also assisted by the United States Forest Service.
According to Captain Jason Knaggs, because of the quick and effective response by the fire department, the forward progression of the fire was stopped at approximately 7:30 that morning. The department was able to contain the fire to 31 acres and prevented any damage to structures in the area.
It is important to remember that despite the water the valley received this last winter, it is important to take strong fire safety measures to protect yourself this year. Starting this year, hazard reduction has to be completed by June 1. Anybody not in compliance by the deadline will be subject to a $500 fine.