Incident Name: Wible Incident
Incident Time: 7:27:00 am
Incident Date: 10-24-2014
Incident Location: 12000 Block of Wible Road
Incident Type: Gas-Line Rupture
Resources Used: 3 Engines, 2 Patrols, 1 HazMat Unit, 6 Overhead
 Personnel  21


Gas-Line Rupture - 12000 Block of Wible Road, Bakersfield

Current Situation: Just before 7:30 AM, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for a ruptured gas line in the area of Houghton Road and Wible Road. First arriving personnel found that a 30" high pressure gas line had been hit by a heavy equipment machine that was working in a field. Fire crews established an exclusion zone of approximately 8 square miles. Upon the arrival of other fire personnel and law enforcement resources, an evacuation was started in that zone. A shelter in place procedure was implemented just outside the exclusion zone and Panama Elementary School was evacuated as a precaution.

Throughout the incident, crews continued to monitor the area utilizing gas detector equipment until the leak was secured by PG&E. Evacuations were rescinded and students were allowed to return to Panama Elementary School. All roads have since been reopened.

Assisting Agencies: Environmental Health, PG&E, County Roads, CHP




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