LEBEC, Calif., Friday, June 16th, Kern County firefighters, with assistance from CalFire and The Bureau of Land Management, will continue with Public Safety Prescribed Burns. Friday’s operation is known as the “Grapevine Flats” burn.
The “Grapevine Flats” burn will be conducted on both sides of Interstate 5 between the Grapevine Rd exit and Fort Tejon exit, as well as the northbound side between the Grapevine Rd exit and the California Aqueduct. The ignition time is scheduled around 1 pm and burning may continue into the night.
This public safety burn will help prevent a fire from extending from the roadway into the surrounding wildlands. This protects the landscape and habitat from destructive, summertime wildland fires. Additionally, these burns will reduce the likelihood that the communities of Digier Canyon and Lebec will be exposed to wildfire. The Kern County Fire Department appreciates your support and cooperation to make these critical operations a success. We ask that travelers please reduce their speed and watch for equipment and personnel along the highway during this operation.