Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
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Andrew Freeborn

Desert Incident - Fire Involving Multiple Homes
DATE: June 25, 2024
TIME: 17:32

Incident Number

2427755

Incident tYPE

2 Alarm Residential Structure Fire
Location: 16000 Block of Foothill Ave
Closest Community: North Edwards
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

NORTH EDWARDS, Calif., Tuesday afternoon Kern County firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from a home, or possibly behind it. As they responded more reports were received at the Kern County Emergency Communications Center. Shrubs and dry grass were also on fire and it was spreading to other homes. When firefighters arrived the wind was howling and multiple structures were involved with fire. Dozens of neighbors lined the streets and drove to the incident to see what was unfolding.

 

As every firefighter on scene fought fire it continued to spread, prompting the Incident Commander to request assistance from law enforcement for traffic control and evacuations. As Kern County Sheriff's Deputies went from door to door evacuating neighbors, firefighters battled the flames. The strong winds continued pushing flames from home to dry vegetation and on to the next home. Four homes were well involved with fire, the wind was not letting up, and the next block of homes in the fire's path was now threatened. Embers scattered ahead of the fire but firefighters found a way to stop the fire as it crossed the street to the next row of homes.

 

The fire's forward spread had been stopped and dozens of homes spared. Full attention could be turned to the four homes actively burning. Firefighters achieved a knockdown on all fires and completed searches in the homes for victims. Three of the four homes were uninhabited, the fourth destroyed home resulted in two individuals being displaced. No civilian injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

 

 

Injuries/Fatalities

Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E11, E12, E13, E14, E85, E87
Patrols: P12, P14
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: AU3, AU5, DIV3, INFO1, BATT1, BATT8, SF1

Total Personnel

25

Assisting Agencies

KCSO, Cal City FD, SCE

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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