News » Sixth fire in 45 days


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Photo by Shannon Rapose
Kern County Firefighters can be seen attempting to put out parts of the Bodfish Fire. In the foreground, the roof of a house can be seen near the fire.

Are you prepared?
On Saturday, June 10, at about 12:20 p.m., the Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) received multiple calls for service for a wildland fire in the Bodfish area.

The first crews on scene were faced with a wind-driven fire that had a moderate rate of spread. They aggressively attacked the fire to stop it from spreading to nearby structures. According to CAL FIRE, the fire was contained at 206 acres. Furthermore, despite the fires proximity to structures, the fire department was able to prevent any structures from being burned down.
There were 68 personnel that responded to the fire. There were also multiple agencies that responded including the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Furthermore, the county sent out a bulldozer crew to help fight the fire.

According to the press release from the Kern County Fire Department, multiple aircraft were also dispatched to help contain the fire. This included Helicopter 407, two fixed wing aircraft and one sky crane helicopter.

There is currently an investigation into the cause of the fire, but there has been no information released. The Kern Valley Sun will keep the community updated when any new information becomes available.

The Kern Valley Sun would like to remind the community to make sure to keep up with your defensible space throughout the summer. It is invaluable in stopping wildfires and preventing them from harming structures.