UPDATE: Evacuations Ordered – Mt. Diablo Fire Now at 400 Acres – 75 Structures Threatened

September 8, 2013 18:12 pm · 67 comments

The fire on Morgan Territory Road near Marsh Creek has grown to 400 acres, and is spreading up Mt. Diablo, according to CalFire.

Also, residents have been ordered to evacuate. The evacuations were ordered for Oak Hill Lane and Curry Canyon Road, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District dispatcher. Residents are urged to go to the Clayton Library on Clayton Road. Earlier, they were told to go to Diablo View Middle School, however, that location has been changed.

The fire is currently 20% contained.

Over 175 fire personnel are fighting this blaze that started at about 1:30 today.

Claycordian1 September 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

What’s being done about all of the livestock/other animals out there??

Buck Million September 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Channel 7 just reported 250 firefighters have been dispatched to the fire

Animal lover September 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

can you tell me if you need horse trailer to get the horse out?? we have trailers the can get horses out please let me know

tiff tiff September 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Animal Lover, they need people asap with trailers, see below:

Evacuation Assistance Requested – Beth has 40 plus horses & 30 goat/sheep & has been ordered to evacuate.

If you can assist directions per Beth are as follows; From Morgan Territory Road in Clayton.

Turn on to Morgan Territory. Go 2.5 miles.

Turn left on Leon dr. (It’s half mile past Curry Canyon 90 degree turn in the road).

We are on the left. Anyone that can help please come!

They are letting horse trailers in to help evacuate.

lala September 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I saw the Marin fire district trucks going up ygnacio with sirens and lights.

Diablo September 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM

What do they do with the Prisoners at the Marsh Creek Detention Center? Have them start digging fire lines.

Dee September 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

All, We really appreciate the concern of those outside of the area. But the CHP isn’t going to let ANYONE through Morgan Terr Rd (MTR). My son had to park his car and walk in. We are a tight knit community of “country folk” who are used to having to depend only on ourselves in a crisis. There are a lot of ranches out there to retrieve the livestock. We will be fine, just as we were in fire of 2011. The fire is burning in the direction of Clayton now and over the Mt Diablo peak to the other side. I know of at least 1 structure that has burned. The archery range is said to be burned as well. I can’t confirm that.

Elayne Lockhart September 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Does anyone know how close to the Morgan ranch (family) the fire is. Also can anyone confirm that the Bow & Arrow club burned.

Natalie September 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

There is some kind of Fido alert coming from someone named Beth on Morgan territory.. She has 40 horses & various other animals, they are asking for any help w/ trailers… This is on east countynet

Carolynn September 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Several people with trailers and space have offered to help get animals out. Several Facebook postings as well. If I had a trailer, I’d be out there as well.

Julio September 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

They waited over an hour to call in extra crews…that is why it is as big as it is.

Horse Owner September 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Our horses are out. We walked them down the mountain and they are spending the night at Bella Serra. All of the horse owners were notified early, and they are safe. Thank you for you concern, though. There were a few hairy hours. Hope it is contained soon, or some people and horses might need alternative accommadation.

Natalie September 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Sorry, someone on eastcountytoday.net has 40 horses & various other animals asking for help w/ trailers

Staceymoney September 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I’m hearing that trailers r being let in via Morgan territory to evacuate livestock

Alamo lady September 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Animal lover- check out the FidoAlertECCC Facebook page, I think trailers are needed.

Ann September 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Can anyone get a couple of llamas out just past Leon dr

lucy September 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

@ Animal Lover, they said YES that they needed people with trailers.Only those who are able to assist with trailers will be given access to the areas in need of help for their livestock. Emergency crews need access & evacuees still need to evacuate. Please stay away from the area if you are NOT able to offer any trailer assistance.*** #MorganFire Fido Alert – East Contra Costa County Fido Alert – West Contra Costa

lucy September 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Beth has 40 plus horses & 30 goat/sheep & has been ordered to evacuate. If you can assist directions per Beth are as follows from Morgan Territory Road in Clayton. Turn on to Morgan Territory. Go 2.5 miles. Turn left on Leon dr. (It’s half mile past Curry Canyon 90 degree turn in the road). We are on the left. Anyone that can help please come! They are letting horse trailers in to help evacuate.

skippy September 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Good luck to you all who are affected. I live near the Clayton border and didn’t hear any sirens all afternoon, and when the game let out I went outside and was surprised to see the huge smoke trail. Nothing on the TV during the game, etc. Very strange for such a big event.

Dee September 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

So does anyone know where these trailers are needed? Morgan Territory is a long road. The evacuation area is between Oak Hill Lane and Curry Canyon on west side of MOrgan Territory, that does not include Leon Drive which is east of Morgan Territory. It is also quite some distance from the Morgan Ranch. Let’s be calm people!

Nokeem September 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Is it out yet? I can’t see much from my neighborhood across from pavilion, but the smoke clouds appear greatly reduced.

wow. September 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Has DVR been evacuated?

Crista September 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Does anyone know where Camp Four Paws has evacuated to?

Question. September 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Are people being asked to stay out of Concord from out of town? My wife has a DMV appointment tomorrow morning, I know it is miles form the fire, but don’t want to clog up roads anymore than necessary and also it is by Buchannan filed etc.. Thanks… Hope everyone stays safe…

Diablo bowmen archer September 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Does anyone know for sure if the diablo bowmen archery club burned and do you have any details?

Nokeem September 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Oh crap, I just looked out front in the correct direction…..no need for a reply to my db-ish question. Sorry.

saved a pony September 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I just came out of morgan territory road. After helping my friend get her horses and ponies loaded up. I saw tons of firefighters just sitting there watching the blaze, doing nothing, and like three big dozers just sitting there still on the trailers , not even doing anything to help. The whole hillside still in flames

Bree September 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

just heard on scanner 800 acres 10% contained

Animal Lover, Too September 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

My daughter works at a vet hospital and they just posted about needing horse trailers. I see others have seen the Fido Alert as well.

Here’s a link to the Fido Alert facebook page where a lot of coordinating is going on right now.


Does anyone know where all the pooches from Camp 4 Paws are being sheltered?

lucy September 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

@Dee….. so you are saying ALL the people that were evacuated have done so safely and ALL their animals are out too? Thanks for the updates. I’m sure that others just wanted to help, no need for sarcasm. Glad you are all safe.

Caroline23 September 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

According to CalFire, it’s up to 800 acres now, and 10% contained.

Shelly September 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM

A friend just told me Camp Four Paws pups are at the Clayton Dog Park

DMV appt should be fine! September 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

The DMV appointment should be fine. It is about 12 miles from the fire with lots of city in-between and the roads and traffic there should not be affected by fire traffic in any way. There should be no restriction whatsoever there related to the fire. I live in Clayton, 8 miles closer to the fire than the DMV and there is no restriction here. Good, thoughtful thing to question, though.

Good heart September 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

My prayers go out to the firefighters and family’s being affected by this! I hope all pets and live stock got out ok! I hope Camp Four Paws got out with out any problems as well! We love them! Pleas all take care! Mayor let us know if helps needed and where for people! Thank you!

At Saved a Pony September 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Glad you could help save the pony! Some of that area may be too dangerous or steep for the firefighters, or they may need to purposely let an area burn as part of the strategy. And sometimes firefighters need to work in shifts so they don’t all get tired out at the same time. I’m sure they don’t want to be sitting around, but are following orders that are thought-out.

MamaB September 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I have a friend who owns Diablo Valley Ranch. She said she was trying to get her animals down the mountain. Does anyone know if the ranchers on the mountain got down to safety. We haven’t heard from her.

Jimboy September 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

@ Question #24

You can’t really be that slow, can you?

Kara Beckgerd September 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Question. The area where the fire is burning is not close to where the DMV is. You will be fine going tomorrow.

jasifer September 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

@ saved a pony – My brother is a fighter fighter, and he has friends on this fire – while that is certainly frustrating, sometimes when humans work for 8 hours in extreme conditions they need a break, and when the fire is being re-evaluated chiefs will give crew a break in order to hydrate/ get ready for round two, as it will be a long night for them all. We also do not know if the crew you saw was up all night on other calls, since they had no idea they needed to rest up for todays fire – they respond to calls 24/7.

Just Me September 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

All air craft have left due to sunset. 8am sounded to be their target return time. Station 11 is a command post and the jail sounds to be the refueling station for the copters. All crews on the fire are there for the night. Not sure how many saw but E. CoCo fire sent every engine they have to the fire with off duty crews filling their stations.

jasifer September 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

So glad you were able to help, though, Saved a Pony!!

Paul michelle Soria September 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

We want to help… We don’t have a trailer but we can tow a trailer if needed..

concordgal September 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Diablo Bowmen: I know some of the club has burned. Don’t know in detail how much but it looked like all of the Jones round maybe even more

Atticus Thraxx September 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Incredible how you guys are communicating and organizing care for the animals. Good people.

Josh Meier September 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Will there be school tomorrow at Clayton valley high?

Kim R September 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Are rigs stilled needed to get livestock out? Please let us know asap.

Dee September 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM

@Lucy: Didn’t mean to seem sarcastic, but we are living this, you aren’t. Its been a circus on Morgan Territory Road and we don’t need a “calling all horse trailers” to clog up the road right now. There are plenty of ranch people who live out there that are willing to help on the West side of the road. It appears that there is a facebook site that is being used to manage the Beth situation and someone else even posted that Beth was taken care of. Beth is on the East side of the road where is no immediate fire danger.

Walnut Creek Resident September 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I cannot do anything except to pray for all of you out there! God please protect everyone and their property and all the innocent animals.

firefighters daughter September 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

@Jasifier: thank you for your response. @saved a pony, you shouldn’t come to any conclusion in seeing what you saw. Thank you to all the firefighters out there helping our community of Clayton. Now let’s get Station #11 re-opened, please. We need you!

Renee Serrano September 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

My heart goes out to everyone that has already been evacuated and my prayers are with the affected and firefighters. I live in San Jose and my sister who lives in Dana Hills, on Mountaire is out of the country on business. Is that area threatened at this time? I would like to notify her if so. Thank you! Stay safe!

happy September 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Over half of co co fire is there. I am at Todos Santos park and station 6 has left with lights and sirens at least 10 times. We need more fire fighters!
Politicians really need to figure this out.

Ursla Gibbons September 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

@Josh Meier
Clayton Valley High is still in session from what I know. If this blaze continues, an emergency alert may be sent out. It hasn’t happened yet.

Missing my mountain September 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Live in Concord, but out of town working. Anybody have night photos for an update on current conditions? Hope they’re getting a handle on it. Love that mountain, and hope the folks in the area have all gotten out safely, with their animals.

Anon September 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Dana Hills is ok.

School will still be held at CVCHS and Diablo View.

The inmates at Marsh Creek will NOT be used to dig fire lines; they haven’t been trained.

Marsh Creek Rd is still open; unless you have business in the area, DON’T be a looky-loo…..STAY AWAY and let the emergency responders do their jobs!

Heather September 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM

@saved a pony, My brother is a fire fighter for the San Ramon FD and while you think they are ” just sitting there watching the blaze, doing nothing,” believe me, they are doing more then that. I am assuming you are not a fire fighter and therefore have no experience in fighting a fire, so you really shouldn’t speak about a topic you have no idea about.

Mr. Pink September 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Has there been any word as to how the fire started?

Laura Zah September 8, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Dana Hills is not in any danger. The fire is several miles from there.

@MamaB September 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

The majority of the ranches have been evacuated. So far, there hasn’t been any reports of any one or any of the animals being harmed. They are asking people not to use cell phones in the area except for emergency-I’m sure your friends are fine, you might have to wait until early in the morning to call.

Heather September 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Pro Fi I did see on FB a fido alert and center was set up to help animals not sure if you can link on that and let them know your info for people to reach out to you very thoughtful though 😉 I’m praying not much more I can offer

roy September 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

@Dee while I appreciate your tight knit group it is apparent that Beth wanted help getting her horses out. I would hesitate to tell people you all will handle it yourselves when someone is reaching out for help. JMO

Anon September 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

@ mr pink….

There are several rumors, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Elizabeth September 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Where are the Camp Four Paws dogs staying for the night? Is everyone OK? Saying prayers for all who are effected!

Animal lover September 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

All of Beth’s animals are out but 1 horse that will not get in the trailer but it will bet in the trailer one way or another. All of 4 Paws dogs are at the Clayton dog park. And all the other animals that need to get are out. So now just need to wait to if there are move evacuations

?Monica Matt September 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

To the person that commented about the prisoners , the prisoners are people to and have family that love and just as you do yours they should be treated as you would exspect you familys to be treated they should be out of harms way and evacuated

saved a pony September 9, 2013 at 3:10 AM

All you people telling me I don’t know what im talking about should have gone out there then and seen how hard they were just watching the hills blaze. I know they need to rest, but when they haven’t even bothered to get the dozers unloaded and get them headed up the hill, this was at 6 this evening, What were they waiting for? I would have driven one of those dozers up into the fire and started making fire breaks had they let me

Kstar September 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Yes, “saved a pony,” you do not know what you are talking about. You are very naive and gullible to believe that those firefighters were blatantly ignoring their duties and letting the fire burn. As others have stated there are valid reasons why they were not, at the time you saw them, fighting the fire. So please stop spreading false rumors about those hard-working, professional fire fighters.

lynn September 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

They are still pulling fire fighters from all over to help with this blaze.
We not only have paid fire fighters on the line. We have many volunteer fire
department personnel that come and help. Even the Clayton fire department have help from the detention center where they train inmates
to help them.
I do hope that they will get the trained fire fighters from Camp Parks to come
help as well….
I am on the call list to haul livestock out of the area. It would also
be helpful if people could see about helping Cal Fire with any food
and water for the fire fighters and staff supporting them.

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