Onyx Fire | California | NEW! | July 13, 2016


Around 1811 hours PDT, there was a house fire on the Chuckar Trail burning two structures on one single property and had spread to outer area turning  brush into a wildland fire.  A civilian was treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire is located off of Coyote Trail and Rocky Hill, just East of Onyx (California) in Kern County.  It is said to be near the same location as the #ErskineFire. This is the second fire for this area and residents appear to be on edge.

Kern County FD Incident Command vehicle. (Credit: Kern Co FD)


The fire has a RROS turning into a 200-acre wildland fire.


Here is the most recent timeline since it began this evening. These are approximate times as info has been gleaned from various sources:

1811 Hours (6:11pm)

1 civilian treated for smoke inhalation.  Fire behavior has RROS and has reached 150+ acres.

1911 Hours (7:11pm)

2 structures reportedly burned on one single property.  Scanner Feed (from another source) states then it spread to area heavy fire fuel.  1 VLAT ordered. Structures threat mitigated.  Flanks look good. Late day cooling helping slow ROS.

1935 Hours (7:35pm)

Rapid rate of spread.  0% containment status.  Burning near the #Erskine Fire area in Kern River Valley.

1955 Hours (7:55pm)

Moderate ROS.  0 structures threatened.

2000 Hours (8:00pm)

Onyx Fire. (Credit: Kern County FD)

CALFire sending resources as Mutual Aid to help Kern County Fire.  Reported as 200-acres.

2007 Hours (8:07pm)

Cause determined to be due to the house fire on Chuckar Trail.  Making good progress. Crew will remain.

2025 Hours (8:25pm)

200 acres. Moderate rate of spread.  No evacuations and no structures threatened. Fire crews are making good progress and will remain through the evening.  Brush fire was caused by a house fire and spread. The fire was called in @ 1708 (5:08pm) Hours.  Unknown cause of the house fire.


Hashtags for this fire we are using are #OnyxFire #CaWildfires2016 #USWildfiresCA

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