GBU Mountain News S1 on Lebec Fire July 7, 2013 (PDF)

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GBU News Special

GBU News & Photos

Mountain Communities - July 6, 2013 VII

Lebec Fire
July 7, 2013 SI

June The most natural food is fruit”
Lebec Fire
On Sunday, July 7, at around 3:30 pm two fires started
west of the Interstate 5, near the highway overpass next
to Lebec Oaks Road.
Kern County Fire crews responded quickly to find the
flames had already spread into the hillsides west of the
An evacuation of the residents of Los Padres Estates was
ordered and CHP and Kern County Sheriffs informed the
resident about the evacuation order and approaching fire.
Many vehicles were seen leaving the area, but many
people decided to stay with their homes.

Flames threatening ExxonMobil Oil Tanks at Lebec Road

Early CHP closed Lebec Oaks Road at Lebec Road and
allowed access only to emergency vehicles.
At around 4pm the wind driven flames came dangerously
close to the Exxon Mobile tanks at Lebec Oaks Road and
Lebec Road.
At 5pm fire was contained to the hillsides north of
O’Neill Canyon and driven westwards by erratic winds,
often fast moving along the ridges.
At 5:45pm Kern County Fire officials estimated that the
fire had so far burned about 300 acres and was about
50% contained. Around 100+ firefighters, mainly from
Kern County, but also from BLM (Bureau for Land
Management) and Los Padres Forest Service (US Forest
Service) are on-site battling the blaze. At least three
dozers from Kern County are establishing fire lines.
These ground crews are supported by three waterdropping helicopters and two airtankers.

Flames approaching Lebec Oaks Road

So far, no houses or structures have been damaged, no
injuries reported, and as seen in numerous wild fires in
our Region Kern County Fire and their partners did an
outstanding job!
Fire and Smoke temporary blocking egress at Lebec Oaks Road


GBU News & Photos
Mountain Communities - July 6, 2013 VII

Kern County Fire Crews protecting a property along Lebec Oaks Road

A herd of deer looking for an escape route

Water drops along the hills to the north of Los Padres Estates

Fire Crews successfully blocked the flames from crossing Lebec Oaks
Road to the south

Deer running away from the fire at Lebec Oaks Road & Taylor Street

Flames move fast along the hillsides - driven by gusty winds


GBU News & Photos
Mountain Communities - July 6, 2013 VII

Portrait Photos at the Park
this Friday (July 12) from 5 to 6pm

Rolling out the hoses next to Lebec Oaks Roads

Portrait shots with individuals, couples, friends,
musicians, dancers….for less
than $10 (print included)
Bring your favorite outfit
(elegant, casual, artistic),
accessories, and props and
let’s create an amazing photo
in our beautiful mountain
Meet me from 5 to 6pm at the duck pond
(across from the library); reservations
welcome 661-402-2717 but not necessary.
Gunnar aka The Photographer

Important Phone Numbers
Sheriff or CHP
Fire and smoking hills on the northern side of O’Neill Canyon

Frazier Park Sheriff Station
Frazier Park Public Utility/Water District
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas
Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)
El Tejon School District
Pine Mountain Club Patrol
Dentist Peter Porazik
The Photographer (fires, accidents, weddings, & all other disasters)

CHP blocking access into the evacuated and burning area of O’Neill Canyon


GBU News & Photos
Mountain Communities - July 6, 2013 VII

Earthquake & Fire
Saturday, July 20 starting at 10am in Frazier Park.
The tour covers the San Andreas Fault & the course of the
Grand & Powerhouse Fires along the Kern County / Los
Angeles County Border
This most fascinating tour will provide information and on-site
views of the two greatest threats to Southern California –
Wildfires and Earthquakes.
We will
• start in Frazier Park with a briefing and overview of our tour
• visit a location where
you can see, and stand
literally on both, the
North American and the
Pacific Plate,
• visit the origin of the
Grand Fire (consumed
4,000 acres, shut down
Frazier Mountain High
School, and required
more than 1,400 fire personnel) view the course of the fire and
response activities
• follow and identify
the San Andreas Fault
along the famous
Tejon Pass and at a
variety of other stops
• talk about the
communities and the
coordination between multiple fire and emergency departments
(2,000+ fire personnel deployed at the Powerhouse Fire)
• continue following the San Andreas Fault and visit the
location where the Powerhouse Fire started
Begin: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10am in Frazier Park, CA
93225 (near the I-5)
End: around 5pm just west of Palmdale near the I-14
Cost: $45 / per person* ($25 for a second/third person from
the same family or agency)
For more information contact us via
email <>,
phone <661-402-2717>, or
Advanced registration and payment is required.

If you are interested in receiving
GBU Mountain News regularly, just

*No charges for children 16 and younger. Private Tours on request.


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