Schaeffer Fire causes smoke concern

Photo by Eleanor Fahey

Photo by Eleanor Fahey:
Smoke from the Schaeffer Fire.

By Clayton Huckaby
Kern Valley Sun

The Kern River Valley has suffered with a plethora of smoke from the Schaeffer Fire. The fire was started by thunderstorm activity on Saturday, June 24.

Fire activity increased into the week and smoke has been visible in the Lake Isabella area. The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction within the 2002 McNally wildfire footprint. As of

Monday, July 3, the fire has burned approximately 2,100 acres.

Fire crews have been working on suppression plans to contain the fire within a defined perimeter that way the fire can burn naturally in a fire adapted area enhancing resource values while also reducing fuels and protecting human settlements.

According to inciweb, “confine and contain fires are managed by reducing accumulated forest litter and fuels, maintain fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem increasing firefighter and public safety, and protecting cultural resources and wildlife habitat.”

It is important for residents with existing respiratory conditions, young children and elderly people to take precautions at this time. Smoke from fires produce particulate matter that, when inhaled, can cause adverse health effects. Residents are urged to follow their doctors’ orders when exposed to particulate matter and to stay indoors if at all possible.

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is from July 3. More up-to-date information will be available on our website at and on our Facebook page.