1 arrested, 3 detained in Kern River Canyon fire
Fire started by flare gun
Last Updated: 93 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officials with the Kern County Fire Department said that one person was arrested Tuesday afternoon and 3 detained in connection with the fire that is burning in the Kern River Canyon.
The River Fire was reported around 1:30 p.m.
It was initially sized up at 20 acres, and it grew to 120 acres by 3 p.m., fire officials said.
It is continuing to grow at a moderate rate of spread and firefighters are actively engaged in suppressing the fire.
The River Fire is in the lower Kern canyon and is visible from Highway 178; it is burning on the north side of the Kern River, and not directly impacting the road.
Firefighters are accessing the fire from the north end using Rancheria Road and from the south by ferrying across the Kern River. Drivers are urged to proceed carefully and be cautious of emergency vehicles while traveling Highway 178.
The person that was arrested admitted to starting the fire with a flare gun, fire officials said.
The fire is burning in grass and shrubs. Currently, there are no structures threatened and no evacuations. Although there is no containment at this time, firefighters expect to make good progress tonight as the winds die down.
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