BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A wildfire broke out Monday afternoon in the Black Gulch area in the Kern River Canyon.
Forest Service officials said the blaze was started by a lightning strike. The US Forest Service confirmed the bolt ignited a tree around 1 a.m. but it didn’t immediately spread. Instead, it smoldered until the log collapsed and fell. The fire then spread on the forest floor.
Around 2:30 p.m. a report of the fire was made to officials.
California Highway Patrol provided traffic control on westbound Highway 178 at Borel Road for firefighting equipment to get to the area, officers said at 2:57 p.m.
Kern County Fire Department fought the blaze with boots on the ground and a helicopter dropping water from the sky.
The fire had been completely contained by 5 p.m. with fire crews “mopping up” the remaining hot spots.
In total, about a quarter of an acre (.27) was burned.