Backus Incident

Incident Name: Backus Incident
Incident Time: 02:45:00 PM
Incident Date: 06-12-2016
Incident Location: Tehachapi
Incident Type: Grass Fire
Resources Used:

9 Type 3 and Type 6 Engines;

2 Air Tankers; 2 Helicopters;

1 Bulldozers with Tender;

1 Hand Crew; 2 Water Tenders;

2 Battalion Chiefs; Air Attack;

Safety Officer

Personnel: 70


Tehachapi, CA

Shortly before 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, the Kern County Fire Department was notified of a possible fire burning in the area of Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and Backus Road approximately 3 miles south of the Tehachapi area.   Due to the remote location of that area, access was an issue and a full Wildland response was started. The U. S. Bureau of Land Management as well as air tankers from California South Operations were dispatched.

First Arriving crews encountered a fire in light flashy fuels.  In all, 70 firefighters from Kern County and assisting agencies aggressively attacked the flames and stopped the fire's progression at 2 acres in a little over two and a half hours.  Nine Type 3 and Type 6 engines, two Air Tankers, two Helicopters, 1 Bulldozer, 1 Hand Crews, 2 Battalion Chiefs, Air Attack, a Safety Officer and 2 Water Tenders supported the operations.  The fire is presently 100% contained. Crews are remaining on scene for approximately 2 more hours for mop up.  The cause of the fire is under investigation

Evacuations: None - No immediate threat to homes

Closures: None 

Assisting Agencies: California Dept. of Forestry, U.S. Bureau of Land Management    



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