UPDATE: Fire on Morgan Territory Now 800 Acres – 10% Contained

September 8, 2013 19:46 pm · 90 comments

phil

The fire on Morgan Territory Road in Clayton has now reached 800 acres, and is only 10% contained, according to CalFire.

Little spot fires are also burning on top of Mt. Diablo. Those fires were started by embers from the larger blaze.

Over 250 fire personnel are fighting the fire, and although evacuations have been ordered, no homes have burned.

Thanks to Phil for the photo and stay tuned for updates!

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1 RK September 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I can see small fires on top of Mt. Diablo from woodside elementry school, looks pretty bad, hope all fire fighters are safe. Hope all animals and people get out of the way.

2 lg September 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM

It seems to be getting worse. Praying that no homes are lost, especially praying that the firefighters stay safe!! hope they get control soon!!

3 Greg September 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Praying!!

4 Nick September 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

One structure.

5 Always Right September 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Just to put things in perspective, mount diablo public land is over 100,000 acres.

6 tacy September 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Mayor- if there is anything those of us not in danger can do, including providing something to the fire fighters or evacuees, can you please post it? I am sure there are many people out there that would love to help in some way.

7 SK September 8, 2013 at 8:07 PM

The Salvation Army canteen is on its way to feed the first responders.

8 annonamoose September 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

The fire on Mt. Diablo in 1977 started small
— a dry lightening strike in the summer —
but burned for days and severely damaged the
vegetation on the North side of the mountain
from Mitchel Canyon to the summit. It happened
very quickly, too. Certainly hope it doesn’t get as
bad as it did back then.

9 Gretta Walse September 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Here is a link to the evacuation points. Some of them have changed:

http://eastcountytoday.net/immediate-evacuation-oak-hill-lane-at-curry-canyon-and-curry-pt/

10 Pro Fi September 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Is the shelter accommodating pets? If not… I am in North Concord and could provide a place.

11 concerned and confused September 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM

So I am a little confused and concerned. Over the last several months/years, I have read almost exclusively on this site how we dont need the fire stations that we have closed, how the fire firefighters are a bunch of worthless union thugs, and listened to all the negative nancy’s say they would do the job of a firefighter for free and how firefighters should all be volunteers.

Why hasnt this fire gone out yet? Where are all the internet heroes who are willing to stay up all night and protect our community? Why havent the remaining fire stations been able to handle this calamity in an expeditious manner? If 250 fire personnel are on the fire, and con fire only has 23 companies with 3 people each, east con with 5 stations with 3 people each and cal fire with 2 engines at one station, I count like 90 personnel in the county. Who is left to cover the rest of the emergency’s? Who will run the medicals, car accidents, fire alarms, medical alarms, structure fires, car fires, etc? What is the county contingency plan if multiple houses start burning down? Who is going to help me if I need it?

I feel like we have been sold a bill of goods by a bunch of different sources.

God bless the ALL the people affected by this incident.

12 Polarbearmarket September 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

From my vantage point in Clayton, it sure looked like it was quickly moving on the south side of the North Peak westward toward the main peak around 8:00. It had seemed to die down a little earlier and now appears to be growing.

13 Scanner September 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Air attack should start back up around 8 am.
151.310 Air Attack coordination
set search to 151.100 to 151.400

14 Ancient Mariner September 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I saw Mount Diablo on fire in 1977 (I think).
It inspired The Grateful Dead to write “Fire On The Mountain”.

15 Ducky September 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The fire is burning down our view of the mountain now and getting more smokey. We’re around treat and cowell. Seeing flames while sitting on my porch is pretty weird.

16 Antioch Mom September 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Thoughts and Prayers to the firefighters and family’s dealing with the Morgan fire,

17 Suzette LeClaire September 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I have safe pasture space available if anyone needs temporary placement for there horses. It’s located across from the Clayton pumpkin farm. You may contact me by phone 925-672-4289
My prayers are with all of you who have had to be evacuated.

18 RoughTimes September 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

To all those people that constantly complain about the front line Union Employees and how easy the job is. I sure hope you aren’t online and you are out there in the 100 degree weather with your shovel turning dirt! Oh wait no you will all be on here complaining in the comfort of your safe air conditioned home like you always do!

I give my 100% support to the firefighters, Police Officers etc. out there keeping us safe!

19 Concord74 September 8, 2013 at 8:57 PM

From my vantage point, I can see the fire starting to encircle near the summit towards the Clayton City side of the mountain. I am starting to see flames and I can definitely see a strong fire reflected in the developing smoke cloud.
From what I can observe through binoculars, it appears that there may be fire-fighters struggling with containing this current spread but losing the battle!

20 Sandy September 8, 2013 at 8:59 PM

The fire in 1977 burned for three days. I can see a small patch of flames from Pacheco. My heart is breaking.

21 nytemuvr September 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

@Ancient Mariner #14
Actually it’s a chapter from “Lord of the Flies”.

22 Dub Creeker September 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

@concerned and confused Great points! New Orleans fire/police should always be staffed as if Hurricane Katrina is everyday. Manhattan police/fire should always be staffed as if 9/11 is everyday. That nothing bad will ever happen.

23 JLG September 8, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I live in the North Gate area of Walnut Creek and can see an orange glow coming from behind the ridge from Red canyon area an off shoot of Mitchell canyon. Can anyone confirm this

24 Dorothy September 8, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Just left my brother’s house about 8:45 and could see the glow of the fire from Pittsburg. There is enough smoke in the air that the sliver of moon matches the glow of the fire in color.

The radio was saying there was a special shelter for horses. Also that the fire was still only 10% contained at that time.

25 hotdoggirl September 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Claycord friends in the communities surrounding Mt. Diablo – note that the wild animals trying to escape the fire will be driven down into your neighborhoods so please bring your pets inside tonight and don’t leave any pet food or water in your yard!!!

26 uh huh September 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM

My dad was a fire fighter on the fire in 1977 on Mt D. I was little but I remember it being so horrible. My dad was gone for days helping to fight that fire. I hope this isn’t a replay of that. Praying for all involved including the many animals.

27 bumper morgan September 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM

151.355 is the calfire frequency for scanners.

28 JLG September 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

@concerned and confused
I agree with you 100%. Don’t turn our country into a third world nation.

29 RunnerDope September 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I remember a fire on Mt. Diablo that started on the south side and eventually burned around the west side. I thought it was about ’74 or ’75.

30 Lisa September 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Firefighters have been up there working with no food and are getting hungry. I’m not sure how to get food to them but that is one way people could help if you could figure out how to get it to them.

31 I'm The Urban Spaceman September 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Ancient Mariner,

Nice fable. First performance of this tune was months before the Diablo conflagration…March 18, 1977.

32 Anders32 September 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I am glad no homes were hurt,and I hope they contain it asap,everybody does…but I almost had tears in my eyes thinking about the beautiful old,old Oak trees burning…..such beautiful trees..

33 Always Right September 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

In answer to ” concerned and confused”: imagine how many MORE firefighters we could hire if taxpayers were not forced to pay over $200,000 per year in wages and benefits per firefighter.

Imagine How many more boots on the ground we could have if their union allowed quasi-volunteer units to be formed for big fire events like this?

Sadly, it is all about the money and protecting union profits at the expense of public safety.

Well, enough of the politics… Prayers for all those affected by this fire and those fighting it tonight.

34 Anonymous September 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

A friend in Alamo is on her deck watching the flames on the ridge grow. So it has to gone over to the south side of the mountain now.

35 brewed September 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Hey “concerned and confused”, please research the following:

1. fire ecology (the benefits of ‘letting it burn’ and the negatives of putting out fires and allowing accumulation of unburned fuels)
2. mutual aid
3. CalFire
4. U.S. Forest Service
5. responsibilities of MUNICIPAL fire departments versus STATE and FEDERAL agencies.
7. defensible space

You should have realized the danger of living near a landscape with light flashy fuels in a hot/dry climate during the summer. The firefighters will do all they can to save your LIFE first, then property, and lastly environment.

36 lg September 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

@Rough Times, agreed!!! I support all of our police, firefighters, and emts!!!! God Bless them all!!!!!!!

37 just me September 8, 2013 at 9:42 PM

The command post has no been moved to the “semi” closed Station 11. There are vehicles from pretty much every major East Bay Fire dept on scene plus Cal Fire, CA OES, Contra Costa Sheriff, Clayton PD, Salvation Army, and Clayton Public Works. The area around Clayton Rd/Center St is quite busy and some of the side street parking is marked off for emergency vehicles.

It was interesting you had some “old timers” there remembering the fire in 77 and then some younger people who were kids and remembering “the mountain being on fire.” Looking at the flames at the top of the mountain looks a lot like I remember being a little kid in 77.

38 Neon September 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Watching the flames from our upper deck in the Crossings. It does look to be growing. Any reports from our Clayton friends especially the ones above Oakhurst who should have a really good view?

39 ANNONeeemoose September 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Lisa, they have several stations w/ Red Cross and the (closed) fire station in Clayton is open with tables set up , it looks like for food. Plus they have a big fire staging area at the community park. I think Red Cross is handling their needs for now.

40 A_Clayton_Chick September 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Are people with trailers still needed for evacuation help?

41 Randy of the Redwoods September 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

@Urban Spaceman #31…Wow Man ….March 18th is Edgar Cayce’s Birthday!

42 Ancient Mariner September 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Thanks for the correction, Spaceman!
You are indeed correct – I never heard it till later in the year and drew the obvious (wrong) conclusion.

43 AnonoGod September 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

#18 ROUGHTIMES

Claycord commenters HATE working class union people, kinda weird.. But remember they’ll love the firefighters but HATE the unions, pay, benefits, retirement. They’ll say a middle class excessive..

I have been reading Claycord for many years, and it seems as of the last year, there’s been a huge increase in trolls that just want to hate. Search for anything Union related on here and you’ll just see how nasty people can talk of others work..

I will always cheer the unions that support working class people.. It gives voices and some little power to the average person, over the riches that truly control our politics.. So yes I also give my 100% support to the firefighters, Police Officers, anyone that works to keep things moving, etc. out there keeping us safe!

44 Amelia September 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

To anyone looking for a place for evacuated horses please contact Mindy at (707) 816-2251. She has a lot of room at the Contra Costa County Horseman’s Association.

45 me September 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

my daughter wks at skipps she said they send pizza to the firefighters.

46 biggus thinkus September 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

just keep it positive folks.
I hope folks know this is a good, natural thing, @Brewed nailed it.
Of course, we wish no harm or tragedy, but with the right planning and support from your neighbors, you can do a lot.
I have family in the are. If they need me, I’m there.

47 A September 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Looking out of my bedroom window in Pittsburg, I can see an orange glow in the sky. My heart just aches knowing what devastation is occurring.

Let us stop the conversation about politics. We know it’s messed up. Instead let us focus our thoughts and energy on the firefighters doing what they have worked and trained so hard for. And the creatures up there that are looking for a way out.

We all have a personal attachment to this mountain, whether we realized it before tonight or not.

My prayers and thoughts are there tonight.

A

48 just me September 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

@concerned and confused

As other’s have said your comments are totally uneducated. Cal Fire does have sometimes 2 engines at Sunshine, but they are part of SCU-Santa Clara Unit. SCU sent 5/6 engines, 2 dozers, 1 copter, and air attack when the call came in. When the fire grew, crews from East Bay Reg Parks Fire, San Ramon Fire, Mor/Orinda Fire, Federal Fire all responded. After that you have had strike teams of CalFire and CalFire Contract Counties responding in Code 3/Immediate Need. At this point you have crews/engines/dozers from Marin (contract county), Lake/Napa Cal Fire, Santa Cruz/San Mateo Calfire, San Benito/Montery CalFire, and other “out of unit” responses. That is how you add up to all the firefighters on scene.

49 Duck September 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Suzette …………what an amazing considerate offer.
Very sweet thing to do , I hope other follow your lead.
God bless

50 biggus thinkus September 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

And, I too remember Diablo burning in ’77, driving over hwy24 to WC… Dang, I’m crusty.

51 SK September 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The Salvation Army is in Clayton to help feed the fire fighters.

52 Big Dog September 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

@Always Wrong – Since you seem to make many ignorant posts, I bet you are not aware that Con Fire Accounts for less than 3.5% of the total county budget for 2013-2014. You are an arrogant jerk (note the screen name you choose). The last thing that firefighters want to hear when they are out working hard trying to protect the property and life of others is someone like you blurting out negative crap. No one is stopping anyone from becoming a volunteer (reserve) with Con FIre, as a matter of fact they had a full page ad before stations closed to ask for reserves, and had very little interest from the community. People have to work to support their families, and many cannot pass the physical demands or meet the training requirements to be a firefighter reserve, volunteer, or professional.
The union is each firefighter and there are no “Union Profits”, as a matter of fact the union is non profit and donates more to the community than many of the big businesses. The Firefighters volunteer in the community at schools, coaching teams, at their churches, with scouts, etc, etc. Basically you have no clue, and people are tired of your negative comments.

53 Row runs September 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

You can see huge flames from the ridge while taking off from Oakland airport. Looks like the fire is growing

54 Maria September 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Does any one know how it started??

55 Duck September 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Amelia ..I just read your post.
What an amazing offer from Mindy at the CCC Horseman’s !
Way to step up to offer a hand to those in need.
God bless

56 Ursla September 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

The flames have peaked the ridge. While jogging on ygnacio valley road I saw the flames on the concord side. It’s just a small area in comparison to the rest but, the fire is definitely spreading.

57 Buck Million September 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I just came back from Oakhurst up on the hill by Seeno’s place and it looked to be about the same as it was a couple hours ago, maybe a bit larger. Saw an occasional flame but mostly just a very red sky looming above the ridges.

58 LB September 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Does anyone know if the large dog boarding facility on Curry Canyon, Camp Four Paws, was able to evacuate all of the animals? I am able to take in any dogs for the night if they need assistance!!!

59 hamster September 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

does anybody have more current info on acreage and containment? I keep hitting refresh but nothing new in almost 3 hours…

Nothing but open space between our house and the fire. Feeling a little nervous that glow at the top of the mountain is going to turn to flames.

Thank God the wind is calm.

60 ken September 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Do they need volunteers ?

61 Always Right September 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

@Big Dog – As usual – you can’t contest the facts I posted in #33, so you just rant and call names.

Every time a fire happens, you seem to be the “first responder” on Claycord – blaming all the service cuts on stingy taxpayers.

Well the facts are different. The blame belongs with the monopoly government unions who elect their best friends to public office so they can be assured of a never-ending stream of tax dollars for their absurdly high wages, pensions and benefits. No fire service cuts would be necessary if our firefighters were paid “only” a $130,000 a year in total compensation.

Believe me, there are thousands of capable young men who would line up for days to secure a firefighting job at that rate. We just don’t need to pay firefighters, as wonderful as they are, compensation at an average rate of $200,000 per year. Gimme a break!

62 Magic mike September 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Thanks Firefighters for all your hard work. Stay safe.
Your Union Brother
Steamfitter Local 342

63 Elizabeth September 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Does anyone know if they need anything down at the library for the evacuees? Like blankets, pillows, food or anything?

64 Anon September 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

@#55…

Lots of rumors but nothing confirmed yet.

65 WCresident September 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Here is the live web cam
https://www.dropcam.com/p/fQd40N

66 Bree September 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM
67 Suzan Lorraine September 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Many thanks to claycord.com for keeping us posted!

68 Public Health Nurse September 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

@ always right. Try being a firefighter. They are carrying 50 + pounds of equipment. Their exertion is equivalent in these situations to running a full sprint. They have to be in superb physical condition. They are inhaling smoke. They are protecting property. They are fighting for what we value – beautiful Mt. Diablo State Park and our friends’ and neighbor’s homes.

This is not a job for amateurs. We need to value these men and women. This is not the time, nor the place to discuss your greedy personnel views that are short sighted. I gladly pay whatever is needed to have a professional in shape firefighter workforce. I believe that you pay for what you get. If you are jealous of what they are being paid, perhaps you should become a firefighter. I am sure you wouldn’t qualify because you are out of shape and don’t have the psychological fortitude.

For those on Morgan Territory Road, my prayers are with you tonight for your safety and the safety of your homes. Thank you to all the firefighters from all the jurisdictions who are fighting this fire.

69 JLG September 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

@ brewed
I agree with you on this but you need a starting point in the forested areas.
In a lot of of these remote areas I have trailed. The forest is in the 90 percentile which means no under growth at all and a lot of dead vegetation waiting to explode. before you can let nature take its course you need to thin out the forest to a point that nature can take over without blow torching the undergrowth.

70 just me September 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

looks like there are quite a few requests in for more help over the next 24 hrs. 4 more strike teams, 2 more water tenders, and a mix of other needs. Looks like many of there will be “local gov’t” engines and crews. Expect to see a lot more traffic around the Clayton area. Although I did hear a rumor that Camp Parks might be used as a staging area for the fire and bring crews in along the other side of Morgan Territory.

71 Pucky September 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I heard there were folks target practicing in the area the fire started

72 Big Dog September 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

@just me: You are not aware of the local politics surrounding several fire station closures in this county. True that Cal Fire SCU has 2 engines at Sunshine,true that EBRPD, SRVFPD, MOFD, and Cal Fire Ground and AIr Resources responded from all over the state. The point is that Con Fire along with CAL Fire, East County Fire and San Ramon provided initial attack on this fire. Local Resources will always respond to an initial attack, and in SRA (State Responsibility Areas) Cal Fire will dispatch units from within the ranger unit, and then outside the unit to bring the closest units to the scene. How many acres do you think a fire will grow if you are strictly waiting for CDF Rigs from San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma/Lake Napa Unit, etc to respond? East County Fire and Con Fire have always been good partners to Cal Fire and vice versa. The initial attack on any fire is the critical stage when you need as many resources as possible to contain and control the fire. Con Fire had a large resource commitment to this fire (many units) and large areas of the county were left uncovered. In this case station 11 would have been in on the First Alarm Dispatch of this fire if it were not closed by the County Board of Sups. In many cases a fire like this is commanded under a “Unified Command” where the State, Local, and even Federal Agencies command the fire together from one Incident Command Post. This fire is going to be active for days to come, and many resources from all over California will continue to respond to this fire.

73 @concerned and confused September 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Clearly you are not aware of how the firefighting system works. Yes we still have firefighters and emergency personal to respond to emergency’s. The closure of stations have very little effect on this type of fire.

74 SK September 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

@Elizabeth, that is a very kind offer. You might contact the Red Cross to see if they need any supplies or a monetary donation to help the evacuees.

75 Laura Zah September 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

There is a police practice range nearby. Folks hear gunshots out there almost every day. Might have been a careless local tho, or possibly the power lines arcing.

76 anon September 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

The fire keeps exploding in dramatic fashion. It is growing larger with each burst. Are firefighters blasting trails and fire breaks? Or are their structures and/or propane tanks now involved? There is a small, isolated finger of fire that is just below the summit.

77 just me September 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

@Big Dog I think you’re getting “mad” at the wring person. I was answering how the large # of FFs were on the fire. Not that they all responded in the 1st hr. A previous poster had made it seem that the numbers were lies and in fact ConFire had many more FFs available than we residents of CoCo County were lead to believe. I was explaining how the #s could get high in a pretty quick amount of time if those units were responding code 3 as was requested on this fire. If I am not mistaken the 1st order of strike teams came “Closest available” via CalFire.

I wasn’t saying it was a CalFire only fire……far from it. I think you should read all the comments…

78 Kimberlee September 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

If anyone needs a place to house their cat friendly dogs or cats please email me and I will be happy to assist.

79 Time for a change September 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

What we need is MANPOWER!! Things are stretched way to thin!! There
are thousands of students enrolled in fire science courses hoping to get
on as full time payed firefighters. Part time training depts were the norm not
that long ago, I was on one, worked the 77 fire!! The oakland hills fire,. As far as i know they do not exist in the bay area any more? I hate to say it
but just to much competition for the powerful firefighter unions. Not a union
hater, we do need highly trained full time firefighters in this densly populated area BUT we also need those reserves in a time like this!!
The money tree is sufferring in this drought, lets get back to some common sense, bring back the reserves..

80 Amelia September 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

According to the public scanner stations, they are at around 1,000 acres with 10% containment. They seem to be speculating at around 3,000 acres by morning and 6,000 acres minimum by full containment.

81 Big Dog September 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

@always wrong,
No reason for you to let the actual facts get in the way of your negative rant against firefighters that are trying to protect you and your property. To correct you: firefighters start at about $40,500 per year, work 242 hours per month (before overtime) and yes pay about 27% ($11,000) of that salary towards pension, then another $500-800 per month for health benefits. If readers want actual facts see the links below.
http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/documentcenter/view/1417
The link about retirement payments is at http://ca-contracostacounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4556

Just to check myself I had a conversation about total compensation package with a relative that was the president of a mid sized private corporation in the tri valley area. In job offers from corporate america they basically post starting salary, (actual pay) benefits, 401k, stock sharing, bonuses, etc, are generally not included in that salary number. The CoCo Times has chosen to inflame the public and print totals including benefit costs, but then tell only half truths and not show what the firefighters have deducted for pension and health benefits. And the excuse they use for not reporting the thousands that firefighters pay towards pension is privacy of all things.

God Bless the Property/Homeowners and Firefighters battling this blaze, I will continue to pray that no one is injured by this fire.

82 Troy September 9, 2013 at 2:36 AM

@Always right,
So i just got finished saving over 40 horses from the fires by single handedly organizing 13 trailers to help out the Founder rehab ranch and also worked on clearing out the Concord mount diablo trail ride association (CMDTRA) we cleared out about a hundred horses in the 100 degree heat and then directed traffic for a little while with absolutely no compinsation… after doing this i would never get as close in to that fire as the firefighters do without 10 times the little amount they make! But im glad to know there will always be people out there devaluing jobs that they wouldnt even help with!!! So what do you do for a living? Whine like a dog for table scraps? If so im glad you found a job your good at.

83 CCCFD Daughter September 9, 2013 at 2:58 AM

I’m up at college in Chico. My mom is a CoCo county fire dispatcher and my step dad runs the Com center, however neither of them are answering. My dad lives in Crystal Ranch near the Pavilion. I’ve been trying to find current updates and can’t. Does anyone know if that area is at all threatened?

84 Rene steinpress September 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM

We have a extra bedroom w 2 twin beds, if any evacuees would like to be temporarily housed in WC. 925.997.2948.
Would like to help, but not quite sure how.
Rene Steinpress

85 anon September 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Crystyl Ranch is well outside the fire area. If they’re w/ ConFire Comm, then they’re busier than hell…….

86 anon September 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

@Laura Zah #76 – the range at the Marsh Creek jail is about 1-1.5 miles east of where the fire started and wasn’t in use at the time.

Beyond that, it’s still under investigation.

87 Atticus Thraxx September 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Excellent work Troy.So many offers to help and shelter, folks helping each other out….it’s a beautiful thing. I feel kinda powerless and if there’s something us Claycordians can do without getting in the way, let The Mayor know. I’m in.

88 Antler September 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Atticus and others…..Fire Station #11 at corner of Center Street and Clayton Road in Clayton can use donations of small bottles of water and snacks (for firefighters’ backpacks? am only guessing at exactly what they mean). Seems at though people trying to get to Station #11 might cause a traffic jam right there, though, so I’m going to call that Salvation Army church on Clayton Road near West Street to see whether I can drop off some things there for their emergency response trucks.
3950 Clayton Rd Concord, CA 94521
(925) 676-6180

89 Antler September 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

#87 ~ ~ ~ statement refers to “target shooting” and does not specify whether it was on a “targer range” (where the stand areas are very cleared and safe).

My own wild guess was that sparks from a gas-powered piece of hand-held equipment typically used on ranch land (chain saws, weed eaters, the like) could be the culprit. ATV housings also can become very hot. But it could be something like an old piece of broken beer bottle serving as a magnifying glass in the dry grass. There is absolutely no way of knowing yet, and maybe we will never know. So far as I have read in anything official, the conditions for “heat lightning” were not present at the time.

90 Cowellian September 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Speculating and jumping to conclusions are time-honored practices on Claycord, and I play that game as much as anyone. But I have no doubt that they will eventually figure out what the true cause was. I will go on record that it probably was neither a marijuana farm nor an illegal campfire responsible for this fire.

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