Refuge Fire burns 2,500 acres in Kern County, California

Refuge Fire

A wildfire in the Kern National Wildlife Refuge 36 miles northwest of Bakersfield, California had burned approximately 2,500 acres as of 10 p.m. PDT Tuesday night. The fire was reported at about 5 p.m. and at one point the Incident Commander said he had seen 100-foot flame lengths in the riparian area but by 10 p.m. firefighters were gaining some containment.

Wednesday morning the Kern County Fire Department announced that thanks to crews working throughout the night the fire was 100 percent contained and the size estimate remained at 2,500 acres.

map Refuge Fire
The red dot represents heat at the Refuge Fire detected by a satellite at 11:30 p.m. PDT May 7, 2019.

All of these photos and videos were taken by the Kern County Fire Department.

Refuge Fire

Refuge Fire

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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.

2 thoughts on “Refuge Fire burns 2,500 acres in Kern County, California”

  1. Dear Bill,
    I am wondering why more news is not published about the causes of “wild”fires. If fires are wild are they caused by “natural” events like lightening? A human caused fire, while it spins wildly out of control should perhaps be given a different moniker to let humans know their role in the cause. And let news agency know it is human caused. And begin addressing these human causes-banning the sale of exploding targets(think Sharps Fire and numerous others), get more road closures to limit human invasions on motor vehicles, get early bans on campfires, do more evaluations of our aging power lines… should I go on or can you add to this list?
    And get some more stringent punishment for the people who cause these fires, like non-incarceration public service.


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