Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Jon Drucker

Holiday Incident -Wind Driven Vegetation Fire
DATE: May 25, 2024
TIME: 14:21

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Incident tYPE

Vegetation Fire
Location: Holiday Ave and 80th St West
Closest Community: Rosamond
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

ROSAMOND, Calif. On May 25th, 2024, at 2:21 p.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to reports of a brush fire blowing east in the area of 80th St West and Holiday Ave. ALERTCalifornia cameras showed a fast-moving fire. First arriving firefighters took action on a 20-30 acre fire, wind-driven in grass and brush. The fire front had already passed multiple homes and 10-20 more homes were immediately threatened. Strike teams of engines, air tankers, helicopters, dozers and hand crews were ordered. An Evacuation Warning was declared for the affected zone. ReadyKern emergency notifications were sent, which included Genesys Protect zone information and maps. Geographical divisions were created and fire resources were funneled to the areas in need. The wind shifted back and forth, racing across the flatland, driving the fire erratically. Roads seemed non-existent as the fire leapt them effortlessly. Firefighters remained fluid, adapting their tactics to the changes. The crews moved with the fire, making aggressive stands around the threatened homes. 

For the duration of the incident, the first priority was to protect those living in the area. Even after the fire was controlled, firefighters made welfare checks at homes, confirming the health and safety of the residents. 

All told, the fire burned up 428 acres. During the fire’s uncontrolled run, three homes were completely destroyed. Occupants from one of the homes were evacuated. The other two homes were vacant. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

A special thank you to the Los Angeles County FD for their contributions to this incident. 

As we reach the June 1st deadline for fire hazard reduction clearance, this incident is a reminder that even in the flattest, most unexpected areas, homes can be threatened by wildfire. Hazard reduction increases firefighter and public safety, as well as improving our ability to protect your property in the event of a fire.

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Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E14, E15, E16, E42, E47, E48, E85, E311, E318, E345, E378
Patrols: P12, P13, P14, P15, P46, P87
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BATT1, BATT4, BATT8, BATT20, AU2, AU6, CREW11, CREW12, DIV3, DO1, DOZ1, DOZ2, DT2, DT4, H407, MS15, SF2, WT12, INFO2

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Assisting Agencies


On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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