Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
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Jonathan Drucker

Larsen Incident - 2 Alarm Structure Fire
DATE: July 8, 2024
TIME: 11:58

Incident Number

2430298

Incident tYPE

2 Alarm Structure Fire
Location: 8000 Block of Main Ln.
Closest Community: Southlake
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif., On July 8th, 2024, at 11:58 p.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a report of a grass fire burning in the Southlake area. Initially a vegetation fire response was started. Arriving on scene, Station 71’s crew was faced with a travel trailer, outbuilding and large piles of debris on fire, spreading rapidly towards multiple homes. The vegetation fire response was changed to a 2 alarm structure fire response due to the structure threat, high temperatures and the amount of materials accumulated around the homes. With the help of KCSO Deputies, firefighters quickly ensured the threatened structures were evacuated. Crews pulled multiple hoselines and attempted an offensive attack on the fire. The fire’s spread could not be stopped, however, due to strong winds and an excessive amount of burning materials surrounding the homes. Firefighters were forced to relocate to a more defensible area where they could reengage and prevent any further damage. The nearest fire hydrant was 1,300 feet away and required a quarter mile’s worth of heavy supply hose to reach the incident. Energized power lines damaged by the flames further complicated the attack, forcing crews to access through neighboring yards. Firefighters were exposed to toxic smoke from wood, paint, rubber, glue, metal, plastic, carpet, and multiple unknown substances as they fought to stop the fire’s spread. This all took place while enduring 110 degree temperatures. Crews were affected by heat and dehydration throughout the incident. They would rotate out when possible to lower their core body temperature and have their vital signs assessed. An ambulance and a Kern County Fire Med Unit along with Breathing Support 6 were utilized to care for the firefighters. Crews worked throughout the afternoon, extinguishing the smoldering piles of debris. KCFD Fire Heavy Equipment Operators joined the effort, using heavy equipment to spread apart the piles. Throughout the incident, firefighters from the USFS and BLM assisted in every possible way. This incident required all hands on deck. Crew 79, one of our wildland crews, helped muscle fire hose around. Even an off duty Kern County firefighter contributed by bringing a much needed reserve engine from the station to the scene. He then had his wife bring him his fire gear so that he could go to work. 

In all, three homes and multiple outbuildings were destroyed. The cause is undetermined. No injuries were reported. 

Injuries/Fatalities

Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E41, E42, E45, E46, E471, E64, E71, E72, E76, E78, E379
Patrols: P72
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BS6, CREW79, DIV3, FLS1, BATT7, BATT4, SF4, M6, INFO2

Total Personnel

55

Assisting Agencies

SCE, USFS, BLM, KCSO

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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