Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
Battalion Chief Ostrinski

Kevin Ostrinski

Cantil Incident - Residential Structure Fire
DATE: May 9, 2024
TIME: 00:30

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Reinforced Structure Fire
Location: 32929 Neuralia rd Cantil
Closest Community: California City
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif., Thursday, just after midnight, the Kern County Emergency Communications Center received reports of a large structure on fire. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a multi-story single-family house fully involved in fire. The fire was intense and blowing out of all sides of the 4,200 square-foot home. 


Firefighters implemented a "defensive attack" strategy to protect exposures around the structure and to stop a spreading grass fire. Due to the location and limited water supply, crews started a "water shuttle" operation to bring water into the incident with rotating fire engines. The severely burned home, with a basement and compromised structure, limited the effectiveness of firefighters on scene. To aid them in firefighting and overhaul a KCFD Dozer was dispatched to breakdown the remaining damaged structure. Firefighters remained on scene, well into the morning to fully extinguish the structure and 8.4 acres of burned grass. The cause is under investigation.


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $250,000
Estimated Value SAVED: $50,000

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E12, E13, E14, E83, E85
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BATT1, DOZ5

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

California City Fire Department

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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