UPDATE: Stagecoach Fire is 99% contained; all evacuations, road closures lifted

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UPDATE (Aug. 13) — Fire officials said the Stagecoach Fire is now at 99% containment. It has burned an estimated 7,760 acres and has destroyed 23 homes and damaged four others.

One firefighter died while assigned to the fire. Officials said Captain Peter Hein suffered a medical emergency and died at a Kern County hospital. Hein retired after a career with the U.S. Forest Service and CAL Fire but continued to volunteer with the Big Pine Fire Department.


UPDATE (Aug. 12, 7:20 p.m.) — Fire officials said the Stagecoach Fire is now up to 98% containment.


UPDATE (Aug. 12, 3:20 p.m.) — The Kern County Fire Department said all evacuations and road closures in the area have been lifted.


UPDATE (Aug. 12, 7:02 a.m.) — The Kern County Fire Department said the Stagecoach Fire is 91 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

UPDATE (Aug. 11, 8:23 p.m.) — The blaze was 85 percent contained as of Tuesday evening.

“Firefighters continue to mop up and work to secure the remaining east side perimeter and adjacent structures,” fire officials said in a release. “Crews have also begun repair work to reduce impact to natural resources.”


UPDATE (Aug. 11, 7:00 p.m.) — A firefighter has died after suffering a medical emergency while working on the Stagecoach Fire, officials said Tuesday.

The Kern County Fire Department said the deceased was not a member of its department.

“The Incident Management Team and all personnel working at the Stagecoach Fire extend their deepest sympathies and their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the firefighter,” said a news release from fire officials.

The release said more information will be provided as it becomes available.


UPDATE (Aug. 11, 7:50 a.m.) — The Stagecoach Fire was 83 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

The department said the fire has destroyed 20 habitable structures as well as 18 outbuildings.

CORRECTION: The Kern County Fire Department had reported in a press release that there was an injury related to the fire but have since confirmed that there are no injuries.


UPDATE (Aug. 10, 7:49 p.m.) — The Stagecoach Fire was 77 percent contained as of Monday evening and had destroyed 15 habitable structures as well as 25 outbuildings. Fire officials said crews continued to construct and reinforce lines along the fire’s eastern and northern edges.

“Preparations are being made for high winds on Tuesday afternoon, which may lead to erratic fire behavior and high rates of spread,” officials said.

UPDATE (Aug. 9, 7:40 p.m.) — The Stagecoach Fire is now at 64% containment, Kern County Fire officials said Sunday evening. The massive fire south of Lake Isabella has burned 7,760 acres.

The department says the fire has destroyed 12 single residence homes and damaged four others. Officials add the fire has destroyed 25 minor structures and damaged two others.


UPDATE (Aug. 9, 8:05 a.m.) — The Kern County Fire Department said evacuations have been lifted in the following areas as of Saturday night: Dailey Road east to the west end of Golden Spur, between the top of Indian Oak Loop south to Williams Road and Williams Road south to Walker Basin Road, between Johns Road east to the east end of Douglas Avenue.


UPDATE (Aug. 9, 7:20 a.m.) — The Kern County Fire Department said the Stagecoach Fire has now grown to 7,760 acres and is 57 percent contained.


UPDATE (Aug. 8, 6:10 p.m.) — The Kern County Fire Department said the Stagecoach Fire is now at 46% containment. It’s acreage is still estimated at 7,748 acres.

Twenty-nine structures have been destroyed.


UPDATE (Aug. 8, 10:54 a.m.) — Kern County Fire has released an interactive map of the evacuation areas.


UPDATE (Aug. 7, 6:34:) — Fire officials say the Stagecoach Fire has burned 7,748 acres, destroyed 29 structures and damaged two others. The fire is at 31% containment as of 6:30 p.m.


UPDATE (Aug. 7, 6 p.m.) — The Kern County Fire Department has lifted evacuations for several areas affected by the Stagecoach Fire.

At 6 p.m., KCFD says it has lifted evacuations for the west end of Old Ox Road east to Caliente Bodfish Road between Quail Canyon Road south to Foxtail Canyon Road, and the west end of Owls Clover Road/Malivan Road east to the east end of Kendall Road, between Erdle Drive south to Piute Meadows Road.

Recommended evacuations remain for: Caliente Bodfish Road east to Piute Mountain Road, from the area south of School Street to just south of Heritage Way; Saddle Springs Road/Piute Mountain Road as it goes near Burton Mill, Clear Creek, Cold Spring, Liebel Peak, Piute Peak, Piute Spring, Rocky Point and Saddle Spring.

KCFD has downgraded the following from recommended to precautionary evacuations: Dailey Road east to the west end of Golden Spur, between the top of Indian Oak Loop south to Williams Road; Williams Road south to Walker Basin Road between Johns Road east to the east end of Douglas Avenue.


UPDATE (Aug. 7, 8:53 a.m.) — Kern County Fire shared this infrared video of the Stagecoach Fire with 17 News.


UPDATE (Aug. 7, 6:48 a.m.) — The Stagecoach Fire has now burned approximately 7,000 acres, destroyed 13 structures and is at 27% containment, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Evacuations remain in effect.


UPDATE (Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m.) — The Stagecoach Fire has now burned approximately 7,000 acres, destroyed 13 structures and is at 15% containment, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Evacuations remain in effect.


UPDATE: (Aug. 6, 3:21 p.m.) — Kern County Fire is now recommending evacuations for Saddle Springs Road and Piute Mountain Road as it goes near the following areas: Burton Mill, Clear Creek, Cold Spring, Liebel Peak, Piute Peak, Piute Springs, Rocky Point and Saddle Spring.

The previously announced evacuations are still in place, according to the department.


UPDATE (Aug. 6, 12:00 p.m.) — Ten homes have been destroyed and one has been damaged so far due to the fire, according to Kern County Fire.


UPDATE (Aug. 6, 9:54 a.m.) — The state Bureau of Land Management is reporting that the Stagecoach Fire has now burned 6,700 acres and is still 10 percent contained.

The department said federal air and ground resources have been deployed in Kern County to assist in fighting the fire.


UPDATE (8:59 p.m.) — Firefighters say three structures have been destroyed by the blaze, and it continues to spread into the rugged terrain to the north and east. Air resources continue to support line construction and structures remain protected in the Piute Basin.

Recommended evacuations are in the following areas: west of Old Ox Road east to Caliente Bodfish Road; between Quail Canyon Road south to Foxtail Canyon Road; Caliente Bodfish Road east to Piute Mountain Road; and from the area south of School Street to Walker Basin Road.

Precautionary evacuations are in place from the west end of Owls Clover Road/Malivan Road east to the east end of Kendall Road, and between Erdle Drive south to Piute Meadows Road.

UPDATE (7:00 p.m.) — As of Wednesday evening, the fire had burned 4,250 acres and containment remained at 10 percent, firefighters said.


UPDATE (11:28 a.m.) — Kern County Fire reports the Stagecoach Fire is now burning at approximately 4,100 acres with 10% containment. Evacuations are still in effect.


UPDATE (Aug. 5) —The Kern County Fire department says the Stagecoach Fire is now burning at approximately 4,100 acres with 20% containment. Evacuations remain in effect.


UPDATE (7:26 p.m.) — Cal Fire reported 5 percent containment of the Stagecoach Fire and says the blaze has burned a total of 3,054 acres.


UPDATE (10:50 a.m.) — The California Highway Patrol is reporting several road closures in the Bodfish area due to the Stagecoach Fire. They are assisting with traffic control for the fire.

Road Closures

“Breckenridge Road at Cal-Bodfish Road and Walser Road at Cal-Bodfish Road for residents only with ID,” said CHP.


UPDATE (Aug. 4, 10:24 a.m.) — The Kern County Fire department says the Stagecoach Fire is now burning at approximately 2,500 acres with 0% containment. Evacuations remain in effect.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Fire department says it is working to put out a quickly growing 1,500-acre brush fire south of Havilah that has destroyed two structures, threatening several others and has prompted recommended and precautionary evacuations for nearby residents.

KCFD says the Stagecoach Fire is burning off Stagecoach Drive and Old Ox Road and was at approximately 1,500 acres by 9:45 p.m. and is at 0% containment. Water-dropping aircraft and crews from multiple agencies have been called to fight the flames.

County fire officials are recommending evacuations for the area west of Caliente Bodfish Road in Piute Meadows and the area north of Walker Basin Road and east of Caliente Bodfish Road. A precautionary evacuation is in effect for the area off Indian Oaks Road, east of Caliente Bodfish Road.

The Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation point at the former Kmart parking lot at 710 W. Tehachapi Boulevard in Tehachapi.

Caliente Bodfish Road is closed between Walser and Breckenridge roads for the firefight.

Kern County Fire Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn said the fire was first reported in the area at around 3:30 p.m. Crews from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are working to put out the blaze. The fire remains at 0% containment.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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