Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Jon Drucker

Galpin Incident - 2 Alarm Fire
DATE: November 15, 2023
TIME: 12:35

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Incident tYPE

2 Alarm Fire
Location: Bowles St @ Santa Fe Wy
Closest Community: Shafter, CA
Cause: Arching Power Lines

Incident Narrative

SHAFTER, Calif., At 12:34 p.m. on November 15, 2023, Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a report of “smell of smoke” in the area of Seventh Standard Rd and Santa Fe Way. Strong winds blew as the firefighters responded to their destination. They arrived on scene in time to witness powerful winds grasp a small grass fire and extend it into a nearby lot, igniting piles of rubbish. The Captain on scene immediately reacted, ordering a reinforced structure fire response. This was further upgraded to a 2nd alarm response as the winds wreaked havoc. Incoming fire crews were assigned to search and evacuate threatened homes, ensuring that no victims were in harm's way. Flames leaped through the adjacent lots, burning fences, vegetation, trash and rubbish.  Water supply for the incident was pumped from a hydrant through a lengthy hose lay. Navigating obstacles was a challenge as hose lines were stretched across the area. 3 homes and a shop building were saved from the wind-driven blaze. Unfortunately, a mobile home was impacted and damaged as the fire spread relentlessly. Firefighters worked for hours, exposed to heavy smoke, as they extinguished significant quantities of burning material. Crews remained on scene until the hazard was mitigated. 




Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E31, E32, E33, E41, E42, E64, E65, E67
Patrols: P67
Trucks: T65
Specialty Equipment: BATT3, BATT6, BS6, WT67, SF2, DIV3, INFO2

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On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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