PHOTOS: Vegetation Fire on Morgan Territory Road in Clayton

September 8, 2013 13:54 pm · 148 comments




Firefighters from CalFire & ConFire are fighting a blaze on Morgan Territory Road, near Marsh Creek Road in Clayton.

The fire is about half an acre and mostly contained, according to CalFire.

As of right now, no structures have burned.

Thanks to Nick for the top two pictures and Bill for the picture on the bottom!

UPDATE, 2:18pm: We’re being told some residents in the area have been told to evacuate.

101 Terry September 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM

CMDTRA horses can be evacuated to Contra Costa Horsemens grounds please plan on tying to trailers like at a show or inside of the arena. Should be ok up to around 60 horses if needed. You’ll need your own buckets and feed. We have hose for filling h2o. CCCHA president AG and CMDTRA BP aware and in agreement. Left message for Mindy to be aware. Back up barn and arena available on Rose Lane for 10-20. T

102 Fred September 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

It appears an ember from the fire has started another fire near the peak of Mt. Diablo.

103 Rollo Tomasi September 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

@Angry Claycordian:


104 Towman September 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Saw this near Fremont. As the closer I get I Realize its on Mount Diablo

105 Clayton Resident September 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Does anyone know if they are allowing residents through? I have a friend who is trying to get to his house as his pets are there.

106 Cowellian September 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM

You should be angry that you never learned what freedom of speech entails.

107 Michelle September 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

we are watching the other side of the mountain catch fire omg

108 ANNONeeemoose September 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Blink, it’s not really near Marsh Creek Springs at this time though very visible from Aspara, the jail, and all the other areas there… I don’t think there’s any danger at this time, but looks to be growing the other direction , up and and out Morgan Territory.

109 Camala September 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Looking for updates for Curry Creek Canyon. I am a resident on vacation. Anyone know which way the fire is heading?

110 Hanagirl September 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

@51 we are not wackos in Clayton & do not appreciate your remarks. You must be one of the trolls living under the bridge! I’m sure you wouldn’t be making the remarks you make if you lived in any type of home & paid taxes like the rest of the “normal” citizens of Clayton. You better hope the “wackos” of Clayton don’t find you & burn down your troll kingdom!

111 Michelle September 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Camala, spreading in all directions, just peaked the other side of the mt. Curry Creek was evacuated. I will keep w/ updated.

112 Dee September 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

For those asking questions about getting through, where the fire is, etc, here is the update. The fire is burning north of Oak Hill Lane and West of Morgan Territory. All Oak Hill Lane residents have evacuated.Most of the fire crews and equip are stationed on Oak Hill Lane from bottom to top. The fire has not crossed as of yet. It burned west and south up the mountain and as long as they can keep it from crossing Oak Hill Lane, there shouldn’t be worry of your homes or pets. If you live on the west side of Morgan Territory between Oak Hill Lane and Curry Canyon, you may want to be ready to get out. If you are on the east side of MTR, then you are not in immediate danger but still should be standing by in case something changes. That’s the best I can tell at this point.

113 Dee September 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

And they are letting residents through if you can show proof of residence

114 Shelley September 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Comcast just sent out an emergency message on TV. Too fast and hard to read. Park cars at DVMS?

115 Grumpy September 8, 2013 at 5:10 PM

To all REAL Clayton people.Ignore #51’s heartless and ignorant comment.Let’s focus on the animals and our friends homes and property that are in jeopardy.

116 Anon September 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

CHP has blocked off Morgan Territory Rd at Marsh Creek. No vehicles are being allowed down the road so as to allow fire equipment access and evacuation of residents.

117 Randi Brammeier September 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Does anyone know if the homes behind Blue Oak Farms are ok? My mom has a friend that lives right behind there and wants to know if he’s ok.

118 Marsh creek resident September 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Is it safe for the clayton regency mobile park residents on marsh creek rd

119 Sherry Henderson September 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I am the owner of TLC Pet Grooming in Clayton and I have plenty of space to help out with animals needing a place to stay temporarily. It is currently about 5:15 pm, and I will be there at about 6:30 pm for whoever needs help.
Address is 6078 Main St, Clayton

120 Camala September 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Thanks Michelle. It is very hard to be gone and not know how close it is to us. Any info is appreciated.

121 Uh huh September 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

They just announced evacuations at curry creek Road and over 400 acres have burned

122 Laura Zah September 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I can see firetrucks at the top of the North Peak dealing with the spot fires. Tree just went up a few minutes ago. Lots of flame, but it seems to be out now.

123 Bree September 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

@Sherry Henderson—-worried about Camp Four Paws at the corner of MTR and Curry Canyon. Does anyone know if they got all the boarders out?

124 Anon September 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Clayton Regency is nowhere near the fire…

@#51- while this country was based on free speech, your idiotic self-serving comments are very inappropriate.

Morgan Territory Rd is closed, but Marsh Creek is still open.

125 Dee September 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Camela, it is still quite a distance From Curry Canyon, but you never what can happen overnight. Best to get in touch with your neighbors for updates. Sherry, thanks so much for your generosity. We have a tight community in MTR and have others out there to take the animals for now. But I will pass that along.

126 Diane September 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Bree, Saw a message that they are getting camp 4 paws evacuated

127 Karen September 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

All dogs have been evacuated from Camp Four Paws- thanks for your concern!

128 Camala September 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

I am right by Camp 4 Paws. Land lady said she is evacuated a hour or so ago. Will check in with her. Keep us posted. We are in So. Cal on vacation. Thanks to all the support and our prayers for the firefighters.

129 Bree September 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

@Diane….Thank you! I saw the message too on another comment thread…
I hope everyone is safe and gets all their animals and livestock out <3

130 Camala September 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Dee, what is quite a distance? Any clue how close to Camp 4Paws. Thanks for any specifics. No one to evacuate our Koi. They are our pets.

131 Terry September 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I was just advised that Concord Feed and Fuel in Pleasant Hill will be opening up momentarily to help with any feed needs of displaced stock/pets. I have not confirmed this but was told by Lynette that ran into Sandy who said she had authorized it. Thanks Sandy and Concord Feed!!!!. T

Also CCCHA responders with trailers can meet at CMDTRA see Terry Owens for directions. Beth has 30 plus head that are in need of being moved. Lynette was able to sign in and after being held for a while she made it to Beth’s and is picking up two. Do not respond to Beth’s without checking with her Lynette or Terry O. first. The other Terry, Terry D

132 marsh creek militia September 8, 2013 at 7:10 PM

wasnt gunna comment til i went to town and saw the circus on the side of marsh creek…….people parked half way on the rd in both directions gawking at a smoldering patch of hill… word comes to mind…..idiots…..have you fools no better source of entertainment….cant you see you are making an already dangerous rd even worse…..its a fire….. if youve been around here a while you know it happens every 20 or 30 yrs…… jeeze, get get a clue people probably a good idea to stay out of the emergency vehicles way……reminds me of the people who would watch civil war battles from the next hill over, then get hit by a stray miniball..DUH….

133 marsh creek militia September 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

the fires on diablo in the past have never traveled east towards the springs they seem to have done the same as this one and go south right up curry canyon pretty safe to say marsh creek past morgan T is safe

134 Michelle September 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Camala, I am Rickie’s boss, she and her husband are here with us… we are just waiting

135 Camala September 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Thanks So much for the update. Are Rickie and Bob staying with you? Please keep Sergio and I posted. We are leaving So Cal in the morning to head home. We will go to my daughters if we still can’t get in to CCC.

136 Dee September 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

@marsh creek militiea: thats what I’m talkin bout! Stay out people! Everyone is ok. There are hundreds of emergency personnel out here. We don’t need gaukers, too.

137 Dee September 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

@Camala: Camp Four Paws is very close to Morgan Territory. The fire is moving in a southerly direction toward the top of Curry Canyon. Four Paws is at the bottom. While it was prudent for her to evacuate, there are several homes that would burn prior to fire reaching Four paws.

138 Eloise Hetsfield September 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

It is devastating to not know how family members are, and very hard waiting to see if they are alright. On the scanner the emergency response teams have been slowed down to other emergency calls, but the are responding as quickly as possible.

139 Nick September 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

One structure is on fire.

140 Hanagirl September 8, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Does anyone know if trailers & trucks are still needed to hep evacuate horses or livestock? I have friends with trailers that will hook up & drive out to MT if needed. One also has a barn in Danville if anyone needs a place to put your horse.

141 Michelle September 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Yes, they are staying w/ us here. You can always call us at the office 24/7 925-685-2222

142 Ursla Gibbons September 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

It’s horrible not knowing if your family is alright, There is an evacuation point at the clayton library and everyone is asked not to use their cell phones in the area because the emergency lines are tied up. The firefighters are rushing to put out this blaze, stay safe.

143 ms. litella September 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM

mayor, not sure if I missed it but what are the boundaries of the fire? maybe can it be outlines on a map if you know. thanks

144 ANNONeeemoose September 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

@hanagirl, I’ve read in other places to call the Sheriff Dept directly. They can let you know if any help/trailers are still needed. Last I heard most that needed to go w/ livestock have gone…

145 ms. litella September 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

what’s going on at the curry creek trailer park?
also russelman rd.?

146 concordsigndancer September 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I heard about the fire while watching NFL I hope everyone is alright in Clayton I live kinda near Concord Bart off Clayton Road so I am pretty sure im in a safe area and I hope all of you are safe and sound too

147 Anon September 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM


Curry Creek has been evacuated.

Russelman Rd is ok.

148 spiritdog September 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Hope the firefighters are ok. I’ve got a great nephew firefighter. Don’t know if he is involved. No way to find out. And, hope the animals including the lady above koi are ok.

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