Fire spreads from Bakersfield riverbed near Manor Street, Roberts Lane

Animals, residents reported as OK

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A grassfire broke out in a river bottom Thursday afternoon leaving many residents and animals in panic.

On May 2, at about 2 p.m., fire crews with the Kern County Fire Department went to the area near Roberts Lane and Manor Street regarding a grassfire.

When crews arrived, they said they found a substantial area in flames that were threatening structures and horse stables in the area.  

Officials asked the Robertson Lane Stables to evacuate, as the fire seems to be spreading towards that direction.


Kern County Sheriff Search and Rescue was requested to help shuttle firefighters onto the island so mop up operations could be initiated.  Firefighters immediately requested additional resources to assist in structure protection along the rivers north edge. Fire crews were able to attack the fire aggressively with assistance from Helicopter 408, as well as the Kern County Fire Academy recruits.

The fire burned both sides of the Kern River, just west of the Manor Street Bridge.  

Officials said that low water pressure was causing problems in containing the fire.

At about 6:30 p.m., officials said they reached full containment of the bottom fire.  The fire consumed about 20 acres, reaching both north and south sides of the river, along with a large island in the center.

Evacuations of livestock were lifted and all residents were able to return their animals to their stables.  No injuries were sustained to the animals during the fire, nor were there any injuries to residents or fire crews.

All roads were open to the public after containment was reached, however, fire equipment will continue to operate in the area to ensure heat sources are eliminated.

The fire is under investigation. If anyone has any information, you are urged to call the Fire Tip Hot Line at 7-877-FIRE -TIP 

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