Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Jon Drucker

Flat Incident - Vegetation Fire
DATE: September 21, 2023
TIME: 12:56

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Vegetation Fire
Location: HWY 58, just West of Hart Flat
Closest Community: Hart Flat
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

HART FLAT, Calif., At approximately 12:56 p.m. on September 21, 2023, Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire on the North side of HWY 58, just West of Hart Flat. The first arriving fire equipment found a fire in the grass and brush, moving quickly up the hillside and away from the highway. The prevailing, up-canyon wind was steady, and around 10-15 miles per hour, assisting the fire’s growth. Firefighters, considering the fire's behavior, the terrain and the nearby roads, implemented a plan to pinch off the fire near the top of the hill.  Fire hand crews and fire equipment pumping hose-lays worked together with air tankers and helicopters, blunting the flames as they reached the hilltop. Perched atop the hill a large cell tower stands unscathed due to a well-executed plan.

The fire has been contained at 10.4 acres. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E11, E13
Patrols: P11, P12, P13, P45, P48
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BATT1, BATT4, WT12, H408, DIV3, CREW11, CREW12, CREW79, SF3, INFO2

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

CHP, CalTrans

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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