UPDATE: Concord Naval Weapons Station Fire Now at 120-Acres

July 25, 2013 17:14 pm · 21 comments


A fast-moving three-alarm vegetation fire on the property of the Concord Naval Weapons Station has grown to 120-acres, according to ConFIRE.

No structures are threatened by the fire, and smoke can be seen from miles away.

No injuries have been reported, and there’s no word yet on the cause of the fire.

The good news is that it’s 90% contained, so it should be extinguished soon.

Thanks to Corina for the picture!

Par broiler July 25, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Hope the smoke keeps blowing east,
it’s probably radio active cause of the
Weapons they stored there! That’s
how those two crows really died!
Chem – trails, Obama liberal Brown
and entitled boomers creating global
warming hoax…
Cal Fire will get it soon , relax tinhats .

Mike "troll" Dame July 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

dang Mayor i figured you wouldnt be covering this or ida sent you these photos i took

CLAYCORD.com July 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Hey Mike “troll” Dame. I was getting a lot of emails about it, so I figured it should go up on Claycord. A lot of people were wondering where the smoke was coming from. Thanks for the note.


Atticus Thraxx July 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Three Alarm Vegetation Fire would be a great band name.

Em Dubya July 25, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Crud diddly dang. That old proctologist gets around. There oughta be a law.

Until then, don’t drive cars with brakes or catalytic converters (I have one with neither). And for the sake of Pete, please don’t have a sammich or a stogie. This site taught me all this.

TC July 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Why weren’t local residents in the area evacuated? What kind of emergency system do we have!?! Those wepons could have caught fire and exploded!!

Dr. Jellyfinger July 25, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I was down wind & thought it was somebody makin bbq’ed chicken.

You know the secret to making REALLY good bbq’d bird is to season it with Fritz’s bbq seasoning then place the portions on a rack & into a casserole dish & cover it with foil nice & tight. Now pop it into the oven at 325 for about 45 minutes to an hour. When you take it out most of the fat will have cooked off & dripped into the dish (less fat to drip into the bbq) the chicken will be a bit rare, but will finish cooking on the grill.. Now put the chicken on the upper rack of the bbq. Cook it low & slow. Toss some wood chips on the lower grill & let them smoke. Sprinkle dried Thyme, Rosemary or Basil on the grill & let it smoke up too (keep the lid shut). Do this a couple times. When the meat looks nearly done it’s time to slather on your favorite bbq sauce & sprinkle some more Fritz’s on it. Let it sit & smoke until the sauce looks dry then give it one more slather of sauce and just a light sprinkle of the Fritz’s. At this point you can just turn off the heat & let it sit & smoke till it is sticky dry and maybe just a little bit black around the edges. Plenty of time to boil a few ears of corn, saute some green beans & bake the muffins.

@TC July 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Really? You honestly think there are weapons store in the grass? That area has only ever been a buffer zone. No weapons storage. And it’s been empty for years.

bluebird July 25, 2013 at 9:14 PM

@ TC # 6: Where have you been for the past 10 years? The military moved out and took the weapons with them. The land, or most of it, belongs to the City of Concord. This area may still be controlled by the military though. The port area is controlled by the USCG.

Elwood July 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Run for your life, TC

It’s mutant atomic grass.

TC July 26, 2013 at 3:28 AM

It’s called the Naval Weapons Station idiots of course they still store weapons in the bunkers.

jtkatec July 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Being facetious, sometimes we just are all too dog-gone serious and like little chihuahuas biting at each other’s heels.

Connie Dobbs July 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

You’d know.

just me July 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

@TC it is no longer called “Naval Weapons Station Concord.” The Navy left it years ago (10-15 yrs ago), the most recent tenant is the Army but they really only use the land near the water, which after the city takes over the base will still be a military controlled area. Most of the weapons were taken out a long time ago and all that’s left are the old bunkers. In fact the fire dept based there is just called “Federal Fire Dept Concord.” They often refer to the base as MOTCO (not sure what it stands for).

No reports yet what truly caused the fire but it sounds like it was a passing train that caused it. But it sure left the entire area thin on fire engines. You had ConFire, Federal Fire, East Bay Regional Parks Fire, and 2 different CalFire units at the fire. Pretty big response and luckily we had no other major fires burning in the Bay Area at the time.

TC July 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Exactly you said most weapons were taken out of the bunkers. There are still plenty stored there without the public fully aware. Why eles would you see such a big response to put the fire out, they were worried about a catastrophic explosion.

KAD July 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

MOTCO stands for Military Ocean Terminal Operations. It is operated by the Army and will not be taken over by the City. There are no weapons in the bunkers. I have been in the bunkers so I know they are empty.

KAD July 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Left the C out. It stands for Concord. So it is Military Ocean Terminal Concord Operations. Sorry.

Tim Kirkpatrick July 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM

I’ve lived in Clyde since 1976 and have seen the Navy bail out to Seal Beach in San Diego. The Army took over after that. The only active area is the NE section off Port Chicago Hwy toward west Pittsburg. Concord won’t be getting their hands on the land any time soon, do to on-going hazmat remediation. We get a pamphlet from Seal Beach about every 6 mos about the current areas in remediation, etc. MOTCO stands for Military Ocean Terminal Concord. The CO is the 1st 2 letters of Concord.

nytemuvr July 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM

If you people say there is “nothing” out there are wrong. Maybe nothing in the bunkers, but those hills are hollow plus they’ll never be able to clean up that place forever due to ground pollution. They took dirt in trucks from under those hills for at least 4 or 5 years 24/7 in the 50s. Ask to go under the hills and you won’t get an affirmative answer.

Antler August 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

TC at #15 ~ ~ ~ My husband and I live next to the station property at what used to be designated “Security Zone #39”. We watched the final ordinance being removed from the bunkers nearest our home. Rest assured that if there were still anything re weapons still being stored there, the full amount of guard duty at Willow Pass Rd. entrance and at Bailey Rd. would be maintained 24/7….as would the perimeter patrols made by Marines in jeeps…..or now it would be Army patrols.

My present concern regards ground pollution on MOTCO (hard to write that because my brain is still and forever saying CNWS). We do know that that the earth in certain parts of the base absorbed oil and other petroleum products. We also know that there is a high level of arsenic in the soil on other parts of the base (including the part nearest us). I hope that City of Concord will require the federal government to remove ALL that soil, to transport it to a toxic waste dump far away from areas where ground water must be used for drinking or agriculture, and to bring in clean top soil and to doze it to grade BEFORE our City of Concord Council makes any final-final-FINAL sign-up for ownership. Otherwise, new construction over there would kick up the arsenic-laden soil.

I have been reassured that the arsenic there is not anything which can leach out deeply enough to contaminate ground water. But it IS hazardous if airborne, inhaled, ingested on home-grown food, etc.. And the internal wind storms of a grass fire would suck it up into the air. That said, TC, this particular fire was not in an area identified as having been polluted by arsenic.

Antler August 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

nytemuvr at #19 ~ ~ ~ Re there being storage bunkers underneath the hills, you are correct! Those supposedly are empty now, and I assume City officials and/or committee members working with the military have confirmed that as fact. General public might not be allowed in them because the ventilation systems are no longer fully operational, but that is speculation on my part.

During the Vietnam War, it was ironic that large herds of sheep and cattle grazed all over the hills…supposedly to make the base look like “just ranch land” from the air. (That was before the days of heat detection from the air.) Before the Navy installed the secondary perimeter fence about 20 feet inside the outer one, the animals would graze right up to the security fencing along our yard, and our children would talk to them and wiggle fingers through the chainlink so as to entice the babies over to be petted. The calves were more curious (interpreted by the children as “friendly”) than the lambs, as I recall.

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