Two fires in Southern California you didn’t hear about

Hunter Fire California Lake Hughes

Long time fire photographer Jeff Zimmerman sent us these photos he shot at two recent Southern California fires that you did not hear about. Like many, many others, they were successfully attacked by firefighters and contained before growing into major conflagrations.

The photo above as well as the next three, were from the July 6 Hunter Fire off Sylvan road near Lake Hughes. Jeff got some quick shots with a camera phone of U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County personnel working at a vehicle fire that got into the brush at 5:20 a.m. during Red Flag Warning conditions. It burned one acre in addition to the vehicle.

Hunter Fire California Lake Hughes
Hunter Fire at Lake Hughes. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.
Hunter Fire California Lake Hughes
Hunter Fire at Lake Hughes. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.
Hunter Fire California Lake Hughes
Hunter Fire at Lake Hughes. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.

On July 8 Jeff was at a fire in Lebec, California as firefighters from Kern County, BLM, USFS and LA County battled a stubborn vegetation fire. It was reported at 1:35 p.m. along Lebec and Lebec Oaks Road which brought a large response including fixed wing aircraft. No structures were damaged but several rural homes had to have structure protection put in place and large animals were evacuated. Firefighters stopped it at 62 acres. Jeff said extremely high temperatures and very low relative humidity have been a big factor in spawning wildfires across the State this week.

The next four photos are of the fire in Lebec:

wildfire Lebec, California
Fire at Lebec, California. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.
wildfire Lebec, California
Fire at Lebec, California. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.
wildfire Lebec, California
Fire at Lebec, California. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.
wildfire Lebec, California
Fire at Lebec, California. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman.

Jeff Zimmerman photographs fires and writes about them, usually from Southern California.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

4 thoughts on “Two fires in Southern California you didn’t hear about”

  1. VERY GOOD JOB ,FIREFIGHTERS, AND TANKER 12 CREW !! LET’S PUT THEM OUT WHEN SMALL, AGAIN AND AGAIN! This is the way to do it !~

  2. What about our boys fighting the fire in Yreks Calif .any news on that?? My SON was called out on it yesterday and I haven’t heard from him. Please. Relay info when you get it
    Thank You. God be with all. Of the Brave Fire Fighters that risk their lives to help others and their families waiting for their safe return home

  3. Response from my friend who lives in Moorpark, California:

    “It wakes you up to realize so many fires are put out before they become huge fires. Those firefighters are awesome. “

  4. Why aren’t Robots assisting firefighters in putting out fires? And, aren’t INERT Gases more effective in putting out wildfires? Ammoniacal gas may be another option.

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