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River Fire

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257

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River Fire declared out Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:45 p.m.

Kernville, California, October 18, 2019 - Firefighters responded to a wildland fire, at approximately 12:39 today.  The fire is located 6 miles east of the mouth of the Kern River Canyon (Bakersfield side) on Highway 178, (running between Lake Isabella and Bakersfield).  The "River" fire was burning in grass, on extremely steep and rocky terrain and has been held to 25 acres, due to the quick response from multiple resources. 

The fire was being managed under Unified Command between the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.  Both air and ground resources responded to the fire including 3 air tankers, 3 helicopters, 5 hand crews, 7 engines (and patrols), a water tender, law enforcement, fire investigators, and fire management overhead from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Kern County Fire Department.

Personnel from Cal-Trans and California Highway Patrol were staffing road blocks on both the Lake Isabella and Bakersfield sides.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginFriday October 18th, 2019 approx. 12:30 PM
LocationHighway 178 between Lake Isabella and Bakersfield. South side of the highway and 6 miles east of the Bakersfield end.
Incident CommanderUSFS Johnston and Starling
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates35.474 latitude, -118.752 longitude

Current Situation

Size25 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 20th, 2019 approx. 01:45 PM
Fuels Involved




Fire called out Sunday, 10/20/2019

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

(Temps 75 and RH 26 upon initial report of fire).

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