A cigarette tossed into dry grass is believed to have caused a quarter-acre fire in the vicinity of Schout Road and Backes Lane on Saturday morning, Oct. 5. Photo by Nick Smirnoff
Stallion Springs CERT volunteers Keith and Lois Graves placed cones to close the road at the intersection of Jack Hill Road and Comanche Point Road on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, as firefighters worked to extinguish a grass fire in the area. Tehachapi News photo
Kern County and BLM firefighters have been working a fire in the northwest area of Stallion Springs this afternoon as turbulent winds continued.
According to Stallion Springs Community Services District General Manager Mary Beth Garrison, the fire is believed to be under control, although Jack Hill Road was closed at Comanche Point Road in order to keep people out of the area to let firefighters work.
Land and air units have been busy and attendees at the Stallion Springs Oktoberfest were treated to a bit of an air show as a water-dropping helicopter made multiple passes through the area, along with a bomber dropping retardant and a spotter plane.
At this posting the Jack Fire had burned about five acres of grass and was moving to the northeast toward the Bear Valley Springs area, although no structures were threatened and resources were being released.
Earlier in the day firefighters responded to a grass fire at the intersection of Schout Road and Backes Lane near the west end of the Tehachapi Valley.
Despite sustained winds of 12-15 miles an hour, firefighters quickly extinguished the quarter acre grass and tree line fire.
Helicopter 407 from Keene was initially called out but due to the aggressive ground attack was not required for any water drops. No injuries or structural damage occurred. Cause, while still under investigation is suspected to be a carelessly tossed cigarette butt.
If the situation with the Jack Fire changes an update will be posted. A Red Flag Warning for the Kern County mountains remains in effect through 7 p.m. Sunday due to low relative humidity and wind.
Due to low enrollment, Abernathy Collegiate Charter School is in jeopardy of closure as it begins its second year of operation, and after being awarded accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) only a few months ago.
Construction of the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District's new hospital on Capitol Hills Parkway has gotten back on track following a contractor snafu in March, but tough decisions will have to be made soon by the board of directors in order to complete the hospital.