Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Andrew Freeborn

Pico Incident
DATE: May 28, 2023
TIME: 10:38

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Reinforced Residential Structure Fire
Location: 100 Block of Pico St
Closest Community: Taft
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

TAFT, Calif., Sunday morning, Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a fast-moving fire involving multiple homes. When firefighters arrived, massive flames were spreading from one home to a nearby fence and second home. A coordinated effort between firefighters allowed an aggressive attack to begin on the fire, while other firefighters completed victim searches and protected additional properties from fire spread. During firefighting operations downed charged powerlines were identified, creating an additional hazard to firefighters. Firefighters cautiously continued around the hazard and were able to get a knockdown on all fires. While on scene firefighters assisted the property owners with salvaging belongings while completing overhaul to ensure no hot-spots remained. One citizen initially reported feeling ill but refused transport for treatment. No other injuries were reported on scene by civilians or firefighters.


Photos by Taft Midway Driller


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $210,000
Estimated Value SAVED: $120,000

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E21, E22, E23, E24, E53, E66
Patrols: P53
Trucks: T21
Specialty Equipment: Batt2, Batt5, SF1, BS66

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Hall Ambulance, PG&E

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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