Grand fire costs estimated at $1.3 million; 4,100 acres burned

A firefighting helicopter makes a drop on the Grand fire burning in Kern County.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The cost to fight a 4,100-acre wildfire that started in Frazier Park was estimated at $1.3 million so far, officials said Friday.

The Grand fire was 35% contained Friday, and the threatened Hungry Valley State Park and all roads to it remained closed, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Six buildings considered threatened by the blaze Thursday now appear out of danger, said Kern County fire spokesman Corey Wilford.

“We’re being assisted by some better weather today and a lot of cooler temperatures,” Wilford said. “They’ve been able to get in there and make some great progress on the fire.”

Although the National Weather Service forecast winds of up to 20 mph through the weekend, temperatures in the 70s and increased humidity will make vegetation burn less readily, Wilford said.


More than 1,400 firefighters, seven helicopters and 20 water tenders were fighting the flames, which started Wednesday near Frazier Mountain Park Road and Grand Terrace Drive near Frazier Park, an unincorporated mountain village in Kern County.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation and no injuries were reported.


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