Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Jake Cagle

Canyon Incident - Technical Rescue
DATE: July 30, 2023
TIME: 17:33

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Reinforced Rescue
Location: Kern Canyon
Closest Community: Lake Isabella
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif., Sunday, July 30, 2023, at approximately 5:30 pm, Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle over the side in the Kern Canyon, HWY 178. Upon arrival, firefighters found a pick-up truck 30 feet over the side of the canyon. Three occupants of the vehicle self-extricated but were unable to climb the steep canyon wall. Kern County firefighters utilized a low-angle rope rescue system and stokes basket to safely return occupants to the roadway. There were no injuries or fatalities. 


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E41, E42, E45, E66, E72
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BATT4, BATT7, SF1, USAR47

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies


On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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