Bull Fire

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Bull Fire
Bull Fire from Space.jpg
NASA MODIS satellite photo from July 27, 2010 showing the smoke plumes from the fire.
Location Sequoia National Forest
Kern, California
Date(s) July 26, 2010 – August 10, 2010
Burned area 16,442 acres (66.54 km2)[1]
Cause Human Caused

The Bull Fire was a wildfire that scorched 16,442 acres (6,654 ha) of land in Kern County, California. The fire, which started on July 26, was the largest wildfire of the 2010 California wildfire season, as well as one of the most destructive with 16 structures being destroyed.[1] As the fire progressed it burned in mainly grass and brush on both sides of the Kern River.[2] By July 29 the fire had burned nearly 16,000 acres (6,500 ha) and was 12% contained.[2]

As the fire approached the cities of Riverkern and Kernville it forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents as well as Camp Erwin Owen, a juvenile detention camp.[3]

It became evident early on that the fire had been caused by humans and investigators sealed off the origin of the fire as a crime scene.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Large Fires 2010" (PDF). CAL FIRE. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Firefighters gain ground against blazes in Kern County, California". CNN. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Weikel, Dan (28 July 2010). "State Of Emergency Declared In Kern County As Fires Spreads". LA Times. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Jeff; Kotowski, Jason (29 July 2010). "Task force investigating cause of Bull Fire". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 19 August 2015.