Fire crews battle Caldwell Fire burning near Kernville

Posted at 8:52 AM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-03 13:13:21-04

UPDATE (9/3 10:10 a.m.): Crews are still battling the Caldwell Fire burning near Kernville. 

Officials said Sunday morning the fire was 878 acres and 20 percent contained. 

Right now there at 164 fire personnel. Two minor injuries have been reported. 

The Caldwell Fire is continuing to burn in very remote terrain limiting access by ground. Crews are being flown in by helicopter and are hiking in over one hour to reach the fire.

Fire crews are working to place containment lines on the west side of the fire. The fire is active on the north and south ends. The fire has reached Cannell Meadow Trail.

The only road closure is Cherry Hill Road at Big Meadow. 

Cannell Meadow Trail is also closed. 


UPDATE (9/2 4:40 pm): The Caldwell Fire has grown to 871 acres and is still 0% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

ORIGINAL: Fire crews are battling a blaze in Kernville. 

Cal Fire, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Kern County Sheriff's Office and Kern County firefighters are battling the Caldwell Fire burning near the area of Caldwell Creek, Kernville.

Officials said the blaze broke out around 2:30 p.m. Friday. 

Currently the fire is 150 acres and is zero percent contained. Approximately 50 personnel are assigned to the fire at this time. 

Crews are hiking or being shuttled into the fire by helicopter. 

Concerns include remote access, steep terrain, high temperatures, and low humidity for the next few days. 

There are no evacuations at this time.