Andrew Freeborn

**UPDATED** Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has forecasted winter storms that are estimated to bring excessive rainfall to parts of Kern County starting Saturday morning. In anticipation of these storms, we encourage all to review the following safety reminders.

  • Monitor weather updates.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications at readykern.com.
  • Prepare for potential power outages.
  • Keep non-perishable food, water, blankets, and a flashlight in your home and vehicles.
  • Limit unnecessary travel.
  • If you must travel remember this phrase, “Turn around, don’t drown.” Do not drive through standing water.


Multiple locations have sand available for individuals wishing to make sandbags to protect their personal property from minor flooding. The locations are as follows:

Lamont – 10300 San Diego St.       

Kernville* – 1) McCray Rd. near Park Ave, 2) Kelso Valley Rd. 2 Miles south of Kelso Creek Rd.

Lake Isabella* – Behind the Senior Center at 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd.    

Lebec – Lebec Rd between the I-5 on and off ramps.

Frazier Park – West End Trail above KCFD Fire Station 57. 

McFarland – Elmo Hwy at Scheitlin St. 

Tehachapi – Highline Rd. at Tucker Rd.

*Sandbags available in the Kern River Valley, provided by Tom Klein of the KRV C.E.R.T., 661-333-0265.


Your Kern County Fire Department is taking practical steps to prepare for this forecasted storm. Extra resources will be assigned to areas projected to be impacted. This action to pre-deploy resources includes personnel, heavy equipment, off road vehicles, and Urban Search and Rescue Units.


We continue to monitor and respond to the impact of winter storms while working with the National Weather Service and other Kern County departments.


Photo by: Shannon Ross

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