Jonathan Drucker

White Wolf Public Safety Burn

The White Wolf Public Safety Burn

DATE: June 27, 2024

TIME: 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Hwy 223 @ Hwy 58 

The White Wolf Public Safety Burn is located along Highway 223 between Arvin and Highway 58.  This prescribed burn was successfully started earlier this week and is scheduled to be completed during the evening of Thursday, June 27th. This opportunity is dependent on weather conditions and could also be impacted by other emergency activity within Kern County. Highway 223 will be closed between Arvin and Highway 58 during this time and motorists are advised to take an alternate route.  

What is a prescribed burn?

A prescribed burn, sometimes called controlled burn or public safety burn, is a prescription to treat an area through the reduction of vegetation to increase public safety. Specialists write this prescription to be carried out at a date, time, and in a manner to achieve the best results safely. The decision is made after an extensive and ongoing review of the location, vegetation types, vegetation moisture, weather, and burn history among other factors.

Why treat this area?

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, this burn will reduce the likelihood that the communities of Stallion Springs, Bear Valley Springs, Keene, and Hart Flat will be exposed to dangerous wildfire. The Kern County Fire Department appreciates your support and cooperation to make this critical operation a success.

Community Message:

You may smell or see smoke. Whenever a fire is burning nearby, we recommend staying extra vigilant with regards to keeping informed about changes in fire activity. Register at for emergency notifications and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X.

Your Kern County Fire Department actively manages hazards to our communities through prescribed burns and mechanical treatments (fuel breaks created by heavy equipment). We encourage all residents to make sure they are maintaining the required defensible space around their home.

NEWS MEDIA: If you would like to attend the Hwy 223 public safety burn, please contact Engineer Jonathan Drucker at to RSVP.

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