Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Andrew Freeborn

Wind Incident - Vegetation Fire
DATE: May 20, 2024
TIME: 07:21

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Vegetation Fire
Location: West of Interstate 5, South of Laval Rd, North of Grapevine
Closest Community: Tejon Ranch
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

TEJON RANCH, Calif., Early Monday morning, reports were received of a grass fire burning near the Grapevine. The fire was burning in dry grass about waist high and spreading quickly as firefighters arrived. Contributing to the fast fire spread was wind aligned with the slope of the mountain. The Incident Commander recognized help would be needed to achieve containment so additional resources were ordered, including more aircraft. As reinforcements were arriving another fire was spotted further up the mountain and the aircraft flying overhead could see a person near it. Kern County Fire Department Arson Investigators, who had responded to the incident, made contact with the individual who was arrested in connection with the fire.


The forward rate of spread of the fires was stopped within hours of dispatch time. The fire was held to approximately 121 acres with 60% containment as of Monday at 4:00 p.m.


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E55, E56, E356, E357
Patrols: P46, P47, P48, P466, P53, P55, P58
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: AU1, AU3, AU6, AU7, INFO1, DIV2, CREW10, DOZ1, DOZ2, DOZ7, DT1, DT2, H407, BATT4, BATT5, BATT20, BATT15, SF1, WT55, WT67

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Cal Fire, BLM, Windwolves Reserve

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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