Backus Incident

Incident Name: Mojave Incident
Incident Time: 1:10:00 p.m.
Incident Date: 4-16-2017
Incident Location: Between Backus Road and 30th Street West
Incident Type: Grass Fire
Equipment Assigned:

KCFD Patrols 11, 12, 13, 14, 15; Engines 312, 314, 315, 318, 345; Water Tender 11;Battalion 1; Helicopter 408

Edwards Division 4; Water Tender 18

BLM Engine 3648   

Personnel: 29


Mojave,  CA

Shorty after 1:00 pm the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a grass fire in Mojave between Backus Road and 30th Street West. First arriving crews were faced with an approximately 15 acre grass fire with a moderate rate of spread driven by wind. Crews aggressively attacked the fire and requested KCFD Helicopter 408 to assist with water drops to stop the progression of the fire. Once crews were able to gain full containment of the fire, a total of 150 acres of grass had burned. Crews remained on scene for approximately 3 hour mopping up the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure they maintain the required defensible space around their home. The Kern County weather is beginning to heat up and humidities are starting to drop, which is causing the vegetation to dry out and become very susceptible to burning. 

Evacuations: None - No immediate threat to homes

Closures: None

Assisting Agencies:  Kern County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management & Edwards Fire Department



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