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Apr 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM
It's been a dry winter for California, and temperatures will start to heat up soon. That has fire crews gearing up for what could be a tough summer. Kern County crews are keeping an eye on the weather, and checking the condition of grasses and ...
Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It's been a dry winter for California, and temperatures will start to heat up soon. That has fire crews gearing up for what could be a tough summer. Kern County crews are keeping an eye on the weather, and...
Mar 27, 2013 at 7:55 AM
It's the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space.
Feb 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it.

The fee...
Sep 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Neighbors in an area north of Bakersfield are furious over work they'll have to pay a new state fire fee. They don't think their area is "rural" and at risk of wildfires.
Sep 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Neighbors in an area north of Bakersfield are furious over word they'll have to pay a new state fee for fire prevention.
They just got notice they're in a so-called "State Responsibility Area," where residents will pay $150 a year to help...
Sep 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Neighbors in an area north of Bakersfield are furious over word they'll have to pay a new state fee for fire prevention.

They just got notice they're in a so-called "State Responsibility Area," where...
Aug 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Firefighters have made progress on the fire lines because of the favorable weather conditions this weekend. They are working to establish secondary lines as the forecast calls for increased winds and thunderstorms in the next three days.
Aug 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM
Elsewhere in Southern California, military helicopters dropped water on two fires that blackened more than 12,000 acres in the rugged Kern County mountains above the Mojave Desert about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.
Aug 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM
The Jawbone Complex wildfires continued to burn Monday morning in the Jawbone Recreation Area, which is near Mojave.
Aug 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM
The Jawbone Complex fire is a new rash of lightning-caused fires on the rise in eastern Kern County, just days after fire crews classified most of the Piute Complex fire under control.
Aug 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Crews are simultaneously fighting two wildfires near Lake Isabella.
Aug 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The lightning-caused Piute Complex wildfires continue to burn in the Sequoia National Forest east of Bakersfield.

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The Clear and Heald fires were initially reported...
Aug 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM
The lightning-caused Piute Complex wildfires continue to burn in the Sequoia National Forest east of Bakersfield.
Jul 31, 2012 at 9:02 AM
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A wildfire erupted Sunday afternoon in Bodfish Canyon, just west of Lake Isabella.

The co-called South Fire was 90 percent contained by Tuesday morning, the Kern County Fire Department said.

The...