BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Sequoia National Forest and a large portion of the Southern Sierras experienced thunderstorm activity this week. This activity ignited several fires in the communities and mountaintops surrounding the Kern River Valley.
According to Forest Service Fire Management officials, lightning sparked fires across the Kern River Ranger District.
“Suppression action is being taken on all these fires due to the severe drought conditions and very high fire danger combined with current and predicted weather patterns,” said District Fire Management Officer, Bart Kicklighter.
Shortly after 1:00 pm on Monday, July 22, the first of 9 fires were reported. The fires were scattered throughout the Kern Plateau, northeast of Kernville, along the West Plateau ( Horse Meadow/Cherry Hill Road), the west side of the Upper Kern River, and in the Piute Mountains near the community of Claraville. All these fires are limited to single trees with minimal ground fire.
The Cane fire was discovered in the Domeland Wilderness. This fire is 15 acres and remains unstaffed due to its location in steep, inaccessible terrain. Helicopter water drops are currently being utilized over this fire.