Northwest Kern County-Shortly before 2:45 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Kern County Fire Department was notified of a fire burning in the watershed on State Route 41 in the far northwest corner of Kern County. Due to the remote location of that area, information was relayed to the California Department of Forestry and to the U. S. Bureau of Land Management. Additional resources were dispatched from San Luis County, Kings County as well as air tankers from California South Operations.
First Arriving crews encountered burning grass and chaparral in hilly terrain on the south side of Highway 41. In all, 140 firefighters from Kern County and assisting agencies aggressively attacked the flames and stopped the fire’s progression in a little over two hours. Thirteen type 3 and type 6 engines, five air tankers, two helicopters, 2 bulldozers, 4 hand crews and 1 water tender supported the operations. The fire is presently 50% contained. Crews are remaining on scene throughout the night to extinguish hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.