Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
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Jon Drucker

Wasco Incident - 3 Alarm Structure Fire
DATE: June 1, 2024
TIME: 00:14

Incident Number

2423317

Incident tYPE

3 Alarm Structure Fire
Location: 1000 Block of 6th Street, Wasco
Closest Community: Wasco
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

WASCO, Calif. Early Saturday morning, Kern County firefighters were dispatched to reports of an abandoned house on fire on the 1000 block of 6th St. Engine 31 arrived on scene to a fully involved structure fire with an immediate threat to the surrounding structures. Wasco Police Department advised they had searched all nearby residences. The fire rapidly spread from the house, through abandoned vehicles, trash and vegetation. Multiple hoselines were pulled and put into action, however the fire activity was extreme and the adjacent structures, exposed to immense heat, began to ignite. 2nd and 3rd alarms were started. A large tree fell, landing near firefighters as they worked. A roll call was taken to confirm that all firefighters were safe and accounted for. Due to extreme radiant heat, Engine 31 experienced melted lights and other damage. As additional crews arrived they were placed where fire activity dictated. Objectives were to perform thorough victim searches on all nearby structures and to stop the fire’s spread. In spite of the incident’s intensity and the high physical and mental demand on the firefighters, these objectives were completed. Labor intensive mop-up of smoldering debris and damaged structures followed. Fire crews remained on scene for approximately 5 hours, ensuring the extinguishment of the fire and the safety of the surrounding area. 

No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

Press release main image courtesy of Brandon A. Barraza.

Injuries/Fatalities

Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E25, E26, E31, E33, E34, E37, E64, E65
Patrols: None
Trucks: T65
Specialty Equipment: AU4, AU7, BS6, DIV2, BATT2, BATT3, BATT4, BATT5, SF1, WT83, INFO2

Total Personnel

39

Assisting Agencies

Wasco PD

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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