Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Nathan Goossens

Bitter Incident
DATE: May 12, 2023
TIME: 14:00

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Vegetation Fire
Location: Bitter water Valley Rd Three Miles South of Highway 46
Closest Community: Lost Hills
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

Lost Hills, CA., Friday at approximately 2:00 P.M., The Kern County Fire Department responded to a vegetation fire on Bitterwater Valley Rd three miles south of HWY 46. A full vegetation fire response was dispatched which brought one Cal Fire air attack and two Cal Fire air tankers in from neighboring counties. Upon arrival of first units, the fire was approximately 20 acres in size burning in thick dry grass with a slow to moderate rate of spread. Kern County Fire Department’s Helicopter 407 made multiple water drops to assist with containing the fire. The Cal Fire Air Tankers made multiple retardant drops to assist while fire crews directly put water on open fire lines. Total acreage burned was 225.5. 


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $0
Estimated Value SAVED: $0

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: 26, 324
Patrols: 24, 25, 26, 32
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: Helicopter 407, Battalion 2, Battalion 6, Safety 2, Arson Unit 5, Arson Unit 7, Water Tender 55, PIO

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Cal Fire, Bureau of Land Management

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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