Harley-Davidson of Bakersfield’s Patten family affected by Camp Fire


The Camp Fire has hit one family hard with ties to Kern County.

Ben Patten, manager of Harley Davidson in Bakersfield, who also founded the Armed Forces Support Riders, says his son lives in Magalia, five miles northeast of Paradise. 

Patten says his son is among the thousands whose homes were destroyed by the Camp Fire, along with virtually everything inside it.

He says his son was working in Oroville, saw the smoke when the fire started last week, and had 90 minutes to get what he could and evacuate with his wife and daughter and dogs.

Ben Patten, says he’s holding a fundraiser for his family.

To help him, Kern County firefighters plan to come out and wash motorcycles and cars at Bakersfield Harley-Davidson.

The fundraiser is Sunday at Bakersfield Harley-Davidson at 35089 Merle Haggard Drive, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no set cost, but donations are welcome. 

Various items will be raffled off too.

Patten says you can call him at 325-3644 at Harley-Davidson if you can help and for more information.

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