UPDATE: MORE Evacuations Ordered in Clayton as 1,000 Acre Fire Burns on Diablo – Marsh Creek Road Now Closed

September 8, 2013 23:53 pm · 69 comments

This just came in from the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff:

Because of the ongoing fire hazard, evacuations have been ordered for additional areas to include Trail Ride Road, Russelmann Park Road, East Trail Road, Upper Trail Road and Lower Trail Road.

There are approximately 24 homes in those areas and most of the residents have already been evacuated by emergency personnel.

Earlier, evacuations were ordered for all residents and people on Oak Hill Lane, Curry Canyon Road and the Curry Point area.

The evacuation center is located at the Clayton Community Library at 6125 Clayton Road in Clayton.

UPDATE, 12am: Marsh Creek Road is now cloased at Regency Drive in Clayton on northwest side and Deer Valley Road to the southeast side, according to CalFire.

Mike September 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Keep up the good work, Claycord! Stay safe everyone!! ESPECIALLY our firefighters and emergency crews!

Alli September 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Can someone make a map of the fire? I need to know how close I am but I cant tell and I cant find one online

Downtown mom September 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Oh no! It’s getting bigger! Prayers for the firefighters and everyone in the area!

Is it close to the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm? 🙁

anon September 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Will there be any schools canceled because of this?

vics September 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Scary! I hope all, including residents, firefightefs, emergency personnel and any volunteers will be safe!

Bree September 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

here is a map of the five roads they are evacuating now. HTH!


CT17 September 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Mr. Mayor i live around clayton valley high school and i was wondering if people should close their windows because of the smoke? I know its probably a good idea but just to double check! Thank you! Hopefully they stop the fire soon! Also do they know the cause of it??

T September 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Is there school tomorrow at Diablo View Middle School? I’m surprised I haven’t heard anything yet. Maybe they’re just waiting until the morning to announce anything so they can see how bad the fire gets overnight.

wow. September 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Are they evacuating DVR?

claycord-biker September 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

From the Clayton side, it looks like the fire is burning pretty strong in the valley between the North peak and the Summit.

Stephanie September 9, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the updates!!

KassidiG September 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

@Alli, I Googled Oak Hill Lane Clayton & got a pretty good idea the vicinity from the map. It’s not a fire map (that would be awesome to have) but it gives you the vicinity. I can see it from my bedroom window but had no idea exactly where it was burning.

Always Right September 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Can someone tell me why we are wasting so much taxpayer money on this fire? We spend way to much on the Fire Department already, we should have prisoners and a volunteer force up there fighting this thing. I cannot support the waste of any more tax dollars for this fire. If people choose to live in an area prone to wildfire so be it, but don’t expect the rest of us to pay when the grass and trees catch on fire. My friends and me have lots of tea bags to help extinguish this small blaze, and will get right up there tomorrow.

ALLI September 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

It might be easier if you tell us a major intersection you are near. What city are you in?

Northconcordgal September 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Does anyone know if the detention jail facility is in danger? Neighbirs son works there three nights a week and he’s not checked in on her cell phone?

Connie Dobbs September 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Wow, AR. Looks like you hurt some adult’s feelings.

kc September 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM


Big Dog September 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Here are a couple of reference maps used for this fire:

Several more Fire Engines (Strike Teams) enroute from adjacent Counties.
Weather is not great on the fire right now.
Summit Temp is 79 degrees, with 21% humidity and winds gusting from 14 to 19 mph.
This thing will be over 2,000 acres by morning.

foxylady September 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Always Right @ 13:
Specifically how much money has been spent so far?
Where did you get the information?

I’m pretty sure there has been no official release of information
regarding the costs associated with fighting this fire yet.

You sound like a sour puss who is guessing negative thoughts. So when you actually get out there to volunteer for it tomorrow, you would be taken more seriously.

Alex September 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM

AR. Lets be realistic. Would you trust a convicted felon to fight fires? How dare you have the audacity to suggest that fighting a fire to try and save peoples lives is a waste of money i would certainly hope especially in CC county that we are wise enough to pull together for each other in times of crisis if we cant help our fellow man all is lost. This is kind of like the Golden gate bridge being on fire. Mount diablo is a landmark for our entire region so this is a big deal. I’m here in Berkeley my folks live near Shadelands but grew up Creekside spent a lot of time in Concord and went to DVMS and CVHS so i know the area well and have many friends who still live in the area and i sit here in Berkeley worried sick about them. My friend has 11 horses in her back yard all evacuated because of this fire! Was glad to hear people were showing up at the Clayton library with animal food for people’s animals who are displaced perhaps there should be a community potluck or something for those displaced. Everyone knows someone who is effected by this fire. I really hope the firefighters can put this out before it causes real damage. If it hits castle rock park or the summit a very precious piece of my child hood will burn down. Same with the pumpkin patch.

Brody September 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Clayton’s in my prayers!

Anonymous September 9, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Okay AR, instead of complaining on this website about your tax dollars, why don’t you get up off your butt, save yourself some money and go relieve one of the brave firefighters or emergency personnel tonight?

Alina September 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Thank you so much for the updates. I’m at Peacock Creek and it looks like the fire is getting closer and closer…

Observor September 9, 2013 at 1:21 AM

the Mt. Diablo Fire is the 6th most trending search on Yahoo. Also on headlines on breakingnews.com.

Let's Ignore Always Right #13 September 9, 2013 at 1:40 AM

This person is either very sociopathic and needs professional help, or some jerky person trying to get a rise out of the group. Otherwise known as a troll. Trolls are attention whores and parasites who feed off negativity. So let’s not give him/her the time of day.

Nick Costa September 9, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Dood AR get a grip. We are ‘wasting’ taxpayer money because Mount Diablo is much more than just a landmark for our region, it’s a unique and beautiful place. Read up on it dimmy, it’s literally a sacred place for many locals, including ME! I would be helping fight this fire if I didn’t have to work in the morning. I have hiked nearly every trail on the mountain and seen some of most inspiring views, wildlife, and geology in my extensive career of exploring nature. However, Alex, I do agree that we should have prisoners and a volunteer force fighting this fire, I do trust them. Fire crew is a coveted job for a person in custody, a job taken seriously because it adds good time, shortening their sentence. Who doesn’t want to be a hero? Those felons clear miles of fire line in some extremely rugged terrain, which isn’t easy! I got props for all those people locked up over stupidness like narcotic possession and are willing to risk their lives fighting fires. BTW, the DVR jail is on the other side of Morgan Territory, not in the path of the fire.

Katie September 9, 2013 at 2:31 AM

@always right , why on earth would you leave fighting fires in unskilled hands of convicts and volunteers that’s just putting more lives in danger. To say its a waste of many to train firefighters and to spend money to stop these kinds of fires is rediculous.If this is your solution you go up there and try to stop this and when you fail it’s the firemen and woman and emergency crews that will protect your ignorant self. To all the men and women out there tonight thank you for your hard work,stay safe!

Chuckie's Wife September 9, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Should we close windows? Can’t believe this is actually being asked. I guess if you like inhaling smoky air, and like to have all your furniture and the inside of your home smell like smoke for days, you can leave them open.

@13 “always right” – your name says it already. Always arrogant. Maybe when your house is on fire, they shouldn’t come to help you, either. After all, who would want to spend perfectly good tax payer money on a moron like you? Go home, Troll.

RoseQ September 9, 2013 at 3:10 AM

It’s eerie seeing that orange glow in the sky. I hope they get it under control soon.

Oh, and for those whose troll detector is not working: AR in comment 13 does not mean what he is saying. He’s attempting to mimic an attitude that is sometimes seen by some commenters, but he’s not serious about it. There’s no point in attempting to talk to him.

Heather Cox September 9, 2013 at 5:13 AM

“Always Right” if your home or a family member’s or a friend of yours home were in danger, you’d be happy to pay for those firefighters to be out there protecting you. You kinda sound like you’re not ALWAYS right. It’s like how crazy people swear they aren’t.. you get where I’m goin with this? Good luck with all of your knowledge,, I’m sure it will serve you well.

Evee September 9, 2013 at 5:16 AM

Dear Claycord, Please tell us how we can help the firefighters and victims. Some of us Contra Costa citizens will be able to take in animals that have to be evacuated such as dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, horses, goats, etc. Others will be glad to donate, transport, and raise funds for food, beverages, and supplies for the firefighters and victims. We can even help with maintenance and clean up. We are here to help as best as we can.

Scott September 9, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Following this fire in my old home on MT road – I’m in Seattle now – great coverage and website. Good luck to fire crews and hope that everyone heeds the evacuation warnings. No way out with MC and MT roads closed.

Randi Brammeier September 9, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Does anyone know if people w horses are still in need of food? I have some really good grain, 2 bags, here at my house in Concord by Clayton that I could take to wherever is needed in the morning. I know they opened up CCC Fairgrounds but where else did horses evacuate to? I also have some medical supplies if they r needed by any horse owners and some other livestock owners can use some of this stuff. I want to help in some way for the livestock community. I have a lot of friends that had horses up that way and I boarded my horse up there for about 7 yrs until I loved to my current ranch in Brentwood. The horse community here always bands together in times of need and that’s what I love about the horse community all over the bay area. If anyone needs food or supplies for their horses, please let me know. You can reach me on my cell phone at 925-963-6525. I will be up off n on all night cause fire is getting closer to my grandma’s house and she is unable to walk very well. So I’m up keeping an eye on the fire to see if I need to go get her out. Even if she isn’t evacuated, I would want her out cause she’s 94 w emphysema, has a hard time breathing w oxygen on at all times. So I don’t want the smoke air getting into her home and to her. So call or text me at anytime if food or supplies is needed for any horses n livestock. If I need to, I can go on search tomorrow for hay for people that need it, I can’t afford much but maybe enough for a few horses for 2-3 days.

Animal lover September 9, 2013 at 5:49 AM

Any updates please

Randi Brammeier September 9, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Also, to all the idiots on here saying ‘let Clayton burn’ and ‘ why are our tax dollars going to fight this fire’, you guys should be put in the fire. The people that live in all those areas pay much higher property taxes than us down in the city cause of the fire risk, so THEY are paying for their homes to be protected and they are the ones footing the bill for this fire with all the higher taxes they have been paying for so long! How would u like it if ur little cardboard box, oops I meant home, was close to a fire and you were evacuated, on here begging for help to get your pets and loved ones out and you saw these postings of ‘let ( whatever area you live in) burn, they don’t deserve for their homes to be saved’? You would be talking much differently if the shoe was on the other foot. So y don’t you people think before you speak on here and have some sensitivity and worry for the people that are in risk of losing everything they own! Stop being so stupid and cold hearted, and try to have a heart. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone that has been evacuated and especially to the brave firefighters out there fighting this blaze. Like I said on last posting, if anyone needs anything for their livestock please let me know! Also if you need supplies for your cats and dogs, like food or kitty litter please let me know I can help out there too!

ClayDen September 9, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Who remembers the August 1977 Mt. Diablo fire? I just Googled it to refresh my memory, and the first thing that came up was the Claycord article from two years ago. It was 6,000 acres; hopefully this one won’t be as bad. We had just finished signing our loan papers to buy our house in Clayton (where we still live) and watched lightning hitting the mountain, starting the fire. We were concerned about our new community then and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are threatened now in this special place.

By Regency September 9, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Plane is back over Mt Diablo

giosmum September 9, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Here I am thinking about how I can help in any little possible way, yet someone is worried about tax payers money. I see it as we are lucky not to be in those victims situation, not in the shoes of those firefighters, emergency staffs, and volunteers.To AR, it could happen the other way around.

Bill September 9, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Don’t take Always Right seriously. He’s deliberately ‘trolling’. Look it up.

really? September 9, 2013 at 6:35 AM

@AR You complain about wasting tax payer money and you mention prisoners… Do you know how much we waste on THEM? Wow…

Kris September 9, 2013 at 6:36 AM

What about Rodies Feed. Did they evacuate?

brewed September 9, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Alex…. Convict crews have been used to fight fires in this state for a long time. They wear orange nomex to distinguish themselves from other firefighters. I don’t know what types of crimes they have committed but I would hope they would be of the non violent type.

And 2 hands working are more effective than 1000 voices praying.

Judi September 9, 2013 at 6:43 AM

I heard they evacuated DVR, our property is next to theirs and then the jail. None of us are in the path of the fire. To the person concerned about finances and just letting it all burn, we all pay extra assessments for fire protection, above our normal taxes.

Judi September 9, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Rodies is not in the fire area.

maura September 9, 2013 at 6:48 AM

can see total smoke from our back yard here in brentwood Prayers for ALL!! scary

Wow September 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Congratulations should go to Always Right. That is the dumbest thing I have ever read on Claycord, and lets be honest, there is some pretty stiff competition for that award from the half dozen right wing nut jobs who spend their days posting inane ramblings on claycord.
We have a winner!

Always Wrong September 9, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Those Union thugs out there risking their lives for ungrateful people like “Always Right”. Personally I wouldn’t want to be any of them. I can’t imagine climbing hills and digging trenches when it’s 100 degrees. Thanks to all the firefighters and Police officers protecting us and risking your lives.

anon September 9, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Some inmates at the Marsh Creek jail used to fight fires before they closed down the station that was under East County Fire – but they were trained by EC Fire. That was shut down years ago.

anon September 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM

@AR #13….

Take a hike. You don’t like the way tax dollars are being spent, then run for office and change things.

Or do you just offer anonymous opinions by hiding behind a keyboard?

Go tell your mother she wants you.

Randi Brammeier September 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM

I just read in the Contra Costa Times that the owner of the dog kennel couldn’t find and evacuate her horses as of last night. Was she ever able to find them and get them out of there? My heart goes out to her! I can’t stand it thinking any horses are left out there right now! I wouldn’t be able to handle it if it was my horse, my baby Bud Man, I would go insane until I found him. I understand having to leave cause the fire was so close to her but I feel so bad for her and I’m sure if she hasn’t gotten them out of there, she’s probably going as insane as I would if it was me!

anonyspouse September 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Pretty sure AR is being sarcastic–skewering right-wingers who care a little too much about their pocketbook and don’t even think about how cuts to public services affect everyone including themselves. They also seem to be the first people to offer up prisoners to do hard and dangerous labor for free as well as suggesting half-baked measures to deal with big problems (putting out fires with teabags). Pretty clever, actually.

Randi Brammeier September 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

I just heard over the scanner that the unofficial acreage count is 3000+ acres.

Antler September 9, 2013 at 8:22 AM

anonyspouse at #51 ~ ~ ~ Unfortunately, the post at #13 is Always Right’s usual attitude toward everything. However (and also unfortunately), there does not seem to be a firewall in place to prevent one person from FAKING another person’s nickname, so perhaps that is the case.

KassidiG September 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

@Alli I tried to give you some info. & you come back with a crappy response? Seriously, who can’t read an article & have enough common sense to look up a vicinity on Google maps. Your Uncle Always Right #13 is calling, your oatmeal is ready.

commoncents September 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Antler – that’s what I was thinking – AR is usually way out there to the wacky right but I have my doubts on that one…….

Connie Dobbs September 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Perhaps, Antler? Someone uses a potential disaster to defame a stranger who disagrees with them politically. Sounds like the work of one of our better Americans. Their second post at #25 was a nice touch. It really got the hate ball rolling.

scott September 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I remember the Mt Diablo fire in 1977 – we evacuated our home on MT road. This fire seems more aggressive. It must have been started intentionally – it amazes me that the mountain does not burn more frequently – super dry, tons of fuel, windy etc. God bless the fire crews. Mt Diablo is a special place, and I feel lucky that I grew up in its shadow.

Laura Zah September 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Why don’t you tacky ass idiots express your political BS in the politics column where that kind of mindless drivel belongs?

Antler September 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Connie at #56 ~ ~ ~ It’s very likely that you are correct, though it just as well could be some idiot troll thinking to “liven up” the thread. But I’m not picking up the “vibe” that #25 was the same person (though I don’t go along with the “ignoring something slithering will make it go away” reasoning in that post). I just wish Mayor had a filter of some sort to ditch the imposters.

commoncents September 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Laura – yes your mindless drivel is prevalent over there….

Our Union Firefighters are working hard at protecting life and limb as we speak……..

Always Right September 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

The posts by “Always Right ” made after 10:00 pm last night were made by an impostor.

Anyone can use any name at any time on this site. Just ask Mr. Mayor.

For the record, I did NOT bring the subject of firefighter funding or station closures up first on this topic. Last night I was responding to posts already made by the unionists who habitually blame budget cuts and stingy taxpayers for the reduuctions in service levels.

Somebody needs to speak truth to power, as they say.

Sorry, but I just can’t let such lies go unchallenged.

commoncents September 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

wow – so you really made the “tea” comment? You’re even more of a tool than I thought you were……

mtzman September 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

@Always Right #61, we rarely agree on anything but when I read the posts with your name last night, I did not believe you were the poster. No worries …

So stupid... September 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

complaining about imposters when there are just as many posters who use more than one name. Why is one worse than the other both are liars.

Dr. Worm September 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

@62 *yawn* You’re exactly as much of a tool as I thought you were.

Phony AR September 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

writes like Connie

Connie Dobbs September 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I’ve never tried to hide that I’m both commoncents and shadowblade.

Cowellian September 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Then what are you hiding?

commoncents September 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

There is only one “commoncents”, as Dr. Worm will attest to……

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