Claycordians are coming through for the firefighters who are battling the 3,700 acre blaze burning on Mt. Diablo today.
Grateful residents are delivering cases of water and snacks to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Station #11 on Center Street in Clayton, which is where many of the firefighters are going for a break.
Over 700 firefighters are trying to extinguish the flames on Diablo, which have been burning since 1pm on Sunday afternoon. Many firefighters have been working for over 24 hours, only stopping for a short time to have a small snack and re-hydrate.
Donations of water and healthy snacks are still being accepted. They still need a lot of water, because the water they currently have is going very fast.
One firefighter wrote to Claycord.com a few minutes ago saying “we are so grateful for the support we are getting. None of us expected this, and many communities wouldn’t come together like the Claycord community is coming through for us. We are tired, we are hungry, we are thirsty, and even though it’s our job, it’s nice to know you all care about us enough to take time out of your day to give us a little something extra. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Thanks to all the firefighters who are up on the mountain in this awful heat, breathing in poison oak and probably wishing they were going home to watch Monday Night Football tonight.
UPDATE, 4:30: This just in: The Fire Command Center is being moved to Dublin, and OUT of Clayton. No more donations are needed in Clayton.