A large fire is burning near Shell Ridge Open Space, and a voluntary evacuation is underway.
The following information is from the Walnut Creek Police Department.
Everyone near Shell Ridge Open Space between Indian Valley School and La Casa Via should be aware of a Grass Fire.
Walnut Creek Police is alerting residents to a dangerous situation.
There is a grass fire in the Shell Ridge Open Space behind Indian Valley School. The fire is moving in a easterly direction towards Borges Ranch.
Walnut Creek Police Department, Contra Costa County Fire District, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, East Bay Regional Parks and CAL Fire are on scene handling the situation.
There is a voluntary evacuation for these areas.
CalFIRE is on their way to the scene to help extinguish the blaze.
We’ll keep you updated! Thanks to Kevin for one of the pictures, and Paige for the rest. We really appreciate the photos!
UPDATE, 6:06pm: According to “Paige”, who sent in about 5 photos, the fire is moving east, deeper into Shell Ridge.
Cal fire and national Parks helos are doing air support. Also fixed wing units dropped retardant earlier. Cal fire just sent in more ground units as well. Code blue.
Thanks again to “Paige” for the photos and the information!
UPDATE, 6:37pm: Another fire has started near Marshall and La Vista, it’s currently a two-alarm blaze and the Office of Emergency Services is responding to help battle that blaze.
UPDATE, 6:52pm: Thanks to “Rob” for the 4th and 5th photos, which shows the helicopter picking up water from the lake at Heather Farm.
UPDATE, 7:20: Thanks to “Kristine” for the top three photos of the helicopter scooping water from the lake.
The fire is still burning out of control, and winds have yet to die down in the hills.