We arrived when the campus police did.
It's the second fire I've stumbled upon in a week. This time, not just a few bushes off Freeway 58, but an entire towering Burning Man of Christmas trees in a lot near CSU Bakersfield.
Following a towering column of flames and smoke spotted by one of my kids, I took off through the CSU Bakersfield campus and arrived to see a few folks had arrived to dump their Christmas Trees. Only, the few folks there sat in their cars, or stood and gawked at the largest wood bonfire Bakersfield has probably seen since the town burned down nearly a century ago.
This tree ended up getting tossed in the fire
Campus police raced to the scene as we arrived.
I showed up about 2-3 minutes before the Bakersfield Fire Department. They just let the fire burn. They even added an extra tree to the fire for good measure...
What a way to end the year.
Waiting for the Bakersfield Fire Department. You can see their lights just to the upper right of the campus police vehicle.
An incredible New Year's Eve bonfire
VIDEO of arriving on the scene:
VIDEO of firemen tossing tree in flames:
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