Backus Road Fire


Tehachapi- Shortly before 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Kern County Fire Department was notified of a possible fire burning in the area of Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and Backus Road approximately 3 miles south of the Tehachapi area. Due to the remote location of that area, access was an issue and a full Wildland response was started. The U. S. Bureau of Land Management as well as air tankers from California South Operations were dispatched.
First Arriving crews encountered a fire in light flashy fuels. In all, 70 firefighters from Kern County and assisting agencies aggressively attacked the flames and stopped the fire’s progression at 2 acres in a little over two and a half hours. Nine type 3 and type 6 engines, two air tankers, two helicopters, 1 bulldozer, 1 hand crew, 2 battalion Chiefs, air attack, a safety officer and 2 water tenders supported the operations. The fire is presently 100% contained. Crews are remaining on scene for approximately 2 more hours for mop up. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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