View Full Version : Blazes destroy 30-plus houses Kern County triggers evacuation of a camp for juvenile

07-28-2010, 01:57 AM
The West fire near Tehachapi threatens 150 structures. The Bull fire in northern Kern County triggers evacuation of a camp for juvenile offenders

A fast-moving wildfire has destroyed more than 30 homes and was threatening 150 structures about 10 miles southeast of Tehachapi, and a second blaze has burned at least six homes in northern Kern County, firefighters said Tuesday.,0,5962719.story

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Residents of Riverkern and the Camp Owen juvenile detention facility were evacuated. click here (

Camp Owen, a juvenile detention facility, was also evacuated, and the juveniles were taken to the juvenile hall and the Crossroads facility. For more info click here

Sorry for so many links I'm trying to find out as much information as possible as to where the juveniles were taken to and the fire.

07-28-2010, 02:53 AM
Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:14 PM PDT
At 1:45 p.m., Monday, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Kern County Fire Department responded to a vegetation fire in the area of Burlando Road. The fire began in Bull Run Creek, about three miles north of Kernville.

By 4:00 p.m., the wind had changed and the fast-burning fire had jumped the Kern River and threatened homes and business in the small community of Riverkern, a few miles north of Kernville on Sierra Way, also known as Mountain Road 99.

Camp Erwin Owen, a juvenile detention facility just north of Kernville that houses wards between 14 and 18, began evacuating its staff of 14, along with the 125 wards. “This is the first time in the facility's 72-year history that there has been an evacuation,” said camp director Thad Kennedy. Juveniles were transported to juvenile hall and the Crossroads facility around 5:00 p.m., Kennedy said.

07-28-2010, 12:08 PM
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Monday the Kern County Probation Department was notified a fire was burning in the Riverkern area, approximately 2 miles north of the Camp Erwin Owen Facility.
The Department notified the parents and guardians of the minors who were evacuated and they were informed of their safe transport to Bakersfield. Notifications were also made to the Courts, Supervisor McQuiston, the County Administrative Office and the Superintendent of Schools Office. The minors will remain safely housed at the Crossroads Facility and Juvenile Hall until it is safe to return to the Camp Facility.
Federal, State and Local fire fighters have set up a staging area on Camp grounds and they are currently occupying the facility.