UPDATE: Man who died after being injured in Oildale brush fire last month identified

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UPDATE (11/20): The Kern County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died after suffering life-threatening injuries in an Oildale brush fire last month. The 55-year-old was identified as Jeffrey Winston Zawisza.

Zawisza was injured as a result of a brush fire that broke out near North Chester Avenue and Beardsley Avenue on Oct. 27. He was transported to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he later died on Oct. 28, according to the coroner’s office. A postmortem examination was performed and the cause and manner of death are pending.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account for Jeffery Winston Zawisza to raise funds for a proper burial. If you would like to donate, click here.


UPDATE (11:10 a.m.): The Kern County Fire Department said a person who suffered life-threatening injuries due to the fire had initially evacuated the area before they “disregarded safety warnings” and ran back into the fire area, at which point they became injured.

The department said several other people were evacuated from the area. Thirteen firefighters were able to knock out the fire, caused by a warming fire that spread to nearby brush, after about three hours. The fire was contained to about six acres, according to KCFD.


UPDATE (10/27): One person was reportedly injured in the riverbed fire near North Chester Avenue Tuesday night. Video obtained by 17 News shows one person being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher with burns on their body. The person’s condition is unknown.


(10/27): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A large vegetation fire broke out in the riverbed near North Chester Avenue Tuesday night. According to PulsePoint, the fire started around 8:02 p.m. As of now, it is not known what caused the fire or whether there were any injuries. Kern County Fire Department is responding in an attempt to put the flames out.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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