Old West Ranch residents Randy and Trace Robey didn’t lose their home in the West Fire.
For that, Trace said she feels “a sense of guilt.”
The Kern County Fire Department and Cal Fire say officially that the first report of the West Fire came at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27.
But George Plesko said he noticed smoke, went to help and placed a 911 call shortly after 2 p.m.
On Tuesday, fire took everything George Plesko had.
By Thursday, he was starting over.
The Red Cross has ask those interested in helping victims of the West Fire.
Please drop any donations you have by the Tehachapi News office, 411 N. Mill St. The Tehachapi News staff will collect them and deliver them to the Red Cross shelter here in town.
Just hours after the West Fire began torching structures Tuesday, July 27, local insurance agent Marty Pay visited the American Red Cross shelter at the old Jacobsen Jr. High to see if any of his clients had been displaced.
What he found was unsettling: Most of the fire victims had no insurance. They simply can’t afford it living in such a rural area, he said.
Animal activist Kimi Peck has returned to her former home on Bear Valley Springs Road with 32 dogs - and she's there with the blessing of the woman who evicted her July 8.
“It's a temporary situation,” Peck said.
All evacuation orders for residents affected by the West Fire in Old West Ranch have been lifted, according to the Kern County Fire Department.
A residential assistance group will be set up at the corner of Dennison Road and Summers Drive to provide information and assistance for impacted residents.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on residents to obey any evacuation requests after emergency officials briefed the governor on the Old West Ranch and Riverkern fires Wednesday, July 28, at Tehachapi High School.
As of Thursday, the Old West Ranch fire, known to fire officials as the "West Fire," had burned 1,436 acres and was 25 percent contained.
American Red Cross – Kern Chapter
NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Old West Ranch residents who live on Pierce Drive or west of Pierce Drive may return to their homes, according to the leader of the Tehachapi Red Cross response team.
The Kern County Sheriff's Department has lifted the evacuation request for Old West Ranch residents who live on or west of Pierce Drive, according to Leonard Arends, Tehachapi disaster action team lead for the Red Cross.
Two men were issued misdemeanor citations Saturday for starting a nearly 1,700-acre fire that has devastated homes and charred landscape in the quiet community of Old West Ranch, fire officials said.
Investigators cited Daniel Gentle 47, and Michael Kulikoff 23, for starting a fire using mechanized equipment. They had permission to be on the property at 16650 Blackburn Canyon Road, where they were cutting steel pipe with a mechanical saw, which gave off sparks that started the fire, according to a release from the Kern County Fire Department.