Fire season off to a demanding start for fire crews across Kern County

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jun 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 14:12:39-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – City and County Fire Crews doused several grass fires on Monday.

Smoke and flames filled the air, with as many as five grass fires taking place around Kern County. The largest of these fires happened at the Park at Riverwalk.

Fire crews were busy fighting the fire near the intersection of Calloway Drive and Stockdale Highway.

The County and City Fire Departments also battled 2 grass fires in South Bakersfield, 1 near Taft Highway, and 1 windmill fire.

Investigators believe that the fire started off on the north side of the Kern River, hopped the river, and then consumed nearly 35 acres before fire crews boxed it in.

The fire was difficult to fight due to its location near the river and the street traffic on Calloway, as well as shoppers near the Park at River Walk. But, crews were eventually able to put it out.

No structure damages or injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This has been an especially busy time for City Arson Investigators. Since Friday, 9 fires are being investigated. Fire officials say this is just the start to a long, hot, fiery summer.


Grass fire burning in Southwest Bakersfield north of the Kern River