Strong Smell of Smoke in Claycord Coming from Fire on Kimball Island

January 14, 2014 16:23 pm · 14 comments

If you smell smoke in Claycord, it’s because of a brush fire is burning on Kimball Island, a small island located just north of Antioch, fire and U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m., according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Inspector Steve Aubert.

Plumes of smoke from the blaze are visible in Antioch, but Contra Costa County crews have since been called away from the scene because Kimball Island is not in the county’s jurisdiction, Aubert said.

Coast Guard crews responded to assist in evacuating at least four people off of the island, Lt. j.g. Corinne Gaines said.

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Ted K., SuperMax January 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Launch the helicopters to evacuate the squirrels!!

Dee January 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Saw the black smoke as I was leaving the grocery store today was pretty thick the closer to the ground you looked. Was wondering where it was at.

Dorothy January 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

So the closet fire crews are called off because they are from a different county? Couldn’t the county put the fire out and send the bill to whatever jurisdiction it was in? I understand using the Coast Guard getting people off an island but not letting a fire burn just because of jurisdiction – especially when the news is all about fire danger.

Jerk January 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Sheesh, a few days without one and all h3ll breaks loose.

Fritzhugh Ludlow January 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Was that Island named for Captain Kimball or His Daughter Adelia Kimball?…(She was Antioch’s first School Teacher, and they named My Elementary School for Her).

D-SHOT January 14, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Oh no. What about all the meth labs out their. WHO CARES

beacon January 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

It is not uncommon to let a fire on a small island burn itself out.

DanMtz January 14, 2014 at 8:59 PM

A little rain would help. Remember rain? We used to get a few inches in January back in the old days…

Meth Monsters January 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Hope that wasn’t my batch….

Meth Monsters January 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Usally I got money in my pocket then it goes up in smoke

NotPC January 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Spare the Air you silly firebugs!

Dr. Jellyfinger January 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

You rubes don’t know much about duck hunting do you?

incoming quackers January 15, 2014 at 6:33 AM

There were numerous fire departments sent even though not one person could pinpoint where it was. When it was found out that is was on ‘some’ island south of Sherman Island, that was just a general area. They still did not know exactly where it was for nearly 40 minutes or so.
When they did find out, there was no access from the land to the island.

Mimi (original) January 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

First I saw a back yard firepit exuding heavy plumes of smoke just south of Hwy 4 last night (there were several people visible, at least it wasn’t burning unattended!), then I looked East and saw the grey/brown smoke on the horizon from the Kimball Island fire. YIKES!!

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