Friday, July 30, 2010

[californiadisasters] West Incident (Kern Co FD) Update (7/30/10-8AM)

Name: West Fire
46% Contained - 1,658 acres
Structures Threatened: 150
Structures Destroyed: 25
Date Started:
July 27, 2010 at 3:00 PM
Last Update: July 30, 2010 at 8:30 AM


West Fire Press Release (7/30/2010 @ 8:00 AM)

Last night the weather was optimal for ground resources to keep working within its perimeter. Today's weather will allow fire crews on the ground and in the air to continue to strengthen control lines on the West Incident. The concerns are erratic fire behavior, heavy grass crop and terrain.  Conditions continue to be very fluid and may change quickly based on weather factors. Occasional torching through the pinyon pine mortality areas and potential for spotting via wind driven fire brands may occur. The threat to the electrical infrastructure for the City of Tehachapi and the wind generators has diminished.

Kern County Fire and CAL FIRE wish to thank the local, state and federal agencies that assisted with fire suppression and traffic control, and to also thank the community for their support during this incident.

Resources:  Total Personnell: 1,205
Hand Crews: 33   Engines: 96   Dozers: 12   Water Tenders: 17   Helicopters: 4   Airtankers: 3

Structures Destroyed:
Evacuations: Old West Ranch- approximately 150 residents. Kern County along with CAL FIRE are working on a re-entry plan for evacuees.
Road Closures: None at this time (subject to change)

Additional Information: Red Cross is transitioning from a shelter center to a service center. Hours of operation is going to be from 7:00AM to 7PM.
Residents who need more information can go to or contact the West Fire Information Line at (661) 822-2260 *Estimate Only- Damage Inspection Team in the area evaluating property & structures.


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