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French Fire Update August 22, 2021

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The French Fire started on August 18, and has burned 13, 341 acres with 10% containment west of Lake Isabella in Kern County. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire is being managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, coordinating closely with the Bureau of Land Management, Sequoia National Forest, and Kern County Fire Department in Unified...

French Fire – Update #4 – Alta Sierra now under an Evacuation Order. Details below.

This is an update to previous ReadyKern messages concerning the French Fire in the Kern River Valley. The community of Alta Sierra, previously part of an area under an Evacuation Warning, is now under an Evacuation Order. The community of Alta Sierra is now under an Evacuation Order. The following areas remain under an Evacuation Order: Wagy Flat Road east to Isabella...

BLM Bakersfield Issues Emergency Closure of Keysville due to Wildland Fire Danger

Bakersfield, CA – The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office is issuing an emergency closure of the Keysville Special Recreation Management Area in Kern County, due to wildland fire danger from the nearby French Fire. This temporary closure is effective immediately, until further notice. The French Fire started Wednesday, Aug. 18, and has burned 3,223 acres of short grass,...

California Statewide Fire Summary – August 19, 2021

CAL FIRE
More than 11,000 firefighters continue to battle 13 large wildfires and two extended attack wildfires burning in California. Today, the weather will continue to test firefighters, as well as increase the risk of new wildfires. Yesterday firefighters responded to 29 new wildfires, which all but two were quickly contained. Since January 1, there have been 6,603 wildfires that have...

Walkers Fire continues to grow in Golden Trout Wilderness above Springville

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Springville, CA - The Walkers Fire was discovered Sunday, August 15, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the Western Divide Ranger District in Sequoia National Forest. The fire is located approximately 18 miles northeast of Springville, within the burned area of the 2015 Cabin Fire and 2011 Lion Fire. It has grown to over 500 acres in size and...

2021 Firewood Permits Available in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – Beginning today, surplus wood in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is available to the public by permit. Firewood permits are free, but you must obtain your permit before wood can be removed. Permit holders may take up to six cords per family per year. Firewood is available on a first-come first-served basis until...

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Makes an Arrest for Child Cruelty

On July 21, 2021, at 3:00 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two small juveniles left unattended inside of a running vehicle in the Food Maxx parking lot located at 6465 Niles St. By the time deputies arrived, the vehicle had fled, being driven by a female with the two juveniles. Deputies circulated the area,...

STATE ROUTE 204 NIGHTTIME CLOSURES STARTING TONIGHT IN THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD

CalTrans
Bakersfield, CA - The Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with Granite Construction, announces nighttime closures on State Route 204 (Golden State Avenue) beginning tonight, Thursday, July 22, in the City of Bakersfield, for roadway repair operations. The following changes will occur, weather permitting: Northbound State Route 204 will be closed between Airport Drive and F Street on Thursday, July 22,...

STATE ROUTE 178 NIGHTTIME CLOSURES STARTING MONDAY NIGHT IN KERN COUNTY

CalTrans
The Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with Griffith Company, announces nighttime closures on State Route 178 beginning Monday, July 19, in Kern County, for roadway striping operations. The following changes will occur, weather permitting: State Route 178 will be closed between the mouth of the canyon and State Route 155 starting Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22, from 11:00...

Forest Fire Officials Elevate Campfire Restrictions

USFS
Effective June 30, USDA Sequoia National Forest Fire officials will raise campfire restrictions due to extreme fire danger. The increased restrictions prohibit the use of Campfires in the Forest, including developed and non-developed campsites. Current and forecasted weather, coupled with arid conditions, have created substantial, hazardous fire potential. These conditions are anticipated to continue into the foreseeable future as...

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