Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
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Jon Drucker

Shafter Incident - Orchard Fire
DATE: November 6, 2023
TIME: 02:35

Incident Number

2350818

Incident tYPE

Orchard Fire
Location: Shafter, CA
Closest Community: Shafter, CA
Cause: Unknown

Incident Narrative

SHAFTER, Calif., On November 6th, 2023, at approximately 2:35 a.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire burning near Shafter Ave. and Imperial St. On their arrival, firefighters discovered large piles of dead almond trees on fire. As almond trees reach the end of their productive life, they are uprooted for removal. This field of dead and downed trees was approximately a half mile square in size with a third of the area involved in flame. Firefighters quickly requested assistance from the Kern County Fire Heavy Equipment Facility. When the Heavy Equipment Specialists arrived, a fire dozer was used to create a fire break around the entire inferno. This provided protection to the nearby area even while the fire continued to burn. Due to a lack of fire hydrants in this rural location, fire engines shuttled tanks of needed water to the scene. The dozer moved the burning materials into a single, mountainous pile and large water streams were aimed into the blaze. Using the might of KCFD dozers and sound firefighting tactics, firefighters limited a fire that could have burned for days to just a few hours.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown. 

Injuries/Fatalities

Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E31, E32, E67
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: WT67, BATT3, KB20

Total Personnel

13

Assisting Agencies

None

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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