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Central California District
Release Date: 07/12/10
Contacts: Michelle Puckett , 661-742-4474  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-87

Firefighters Save Buildings in Kelso Valley Blaze

An outbuilding was destroyed but three other buildings were saved in eastern Kern County, thanks to prompt actions by firefighters Thursday.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded to a report of a grass fire in Kelso Valley.  The Creek fire was located off of Kelso Creek Road and Highway 178.  Approximately 60 firefighters responded to the 10-acre fire.  BLM was assisted by Kern County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service.

“Upon arrival, crews were faced with a large area of burning grass.  Crews made an aggressive initial attack on the fire.  With the assistance of a BLM dozer and Kern County aircraft, three structures were saved.  However, one outbuilding was destroyed by the fire,” said David Brinsfield, BLM Bakersfield Field Office fire management officer.

Crews are still on scene mopping up and extinguishing the fire inside the containment line.  They will remain on scene until the fire is fully contained.  The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

The BLM would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the importance to maintain defensible space around all structures to reduce the risk from wildfires.  For more information on defensible space, visit the California Fire Alliance at

For more information, contact Michelle Puckett, fire information officer in the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 742-4474.


Central California District   2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825  

Last updated: 07-12-2010