UPDATE: Large Fire off Marsh Creek Rd. In Clayton

July 11, 2014 22:50 pm · 23 comments

Marsh Creek Rd. is closed near Clayton due to a vegetation fire, which was caused by wires down after a vehicle collision.

The blaze is 50 acres and threatening structures.

Evacuations near Bragdon Rd. have been reported.

UPDATE: CHP says the road will be closed for at least 8 hours

{ 23 comments }

1 JKB July 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

While watching movie at CCC’s church office we saw two police cars head out of town. Then , we saw fire trucks with a flatbed with a caterpillar on it on our way home after the movies.

2 Carrie July 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Was just up there, road is closed, fire going up the hill toward houses

3 Mitzi July 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Where is the fire at in relation to Dvms?

4 just me July 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Per the CHP cad they are saying Marsh Creek Rd will be closed at least 8 hrs. Asking for CoCo Public Works to come and close down the road. Fire was started by a car accident with power lines down. Lines reported down East of Clayton across Marsh Creek Rd. ConFire, East CoCo Fire, and CalFire are all working the scene.

5 Duck July 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

How did that fire get to 50 + acres when the fire protection center is 3 minutes away from the fire ?

Forestry & Fire Protection
11851 Marsh Creek Rd
Clayton, CA 94517

6 robin July 11, 2014 at 11:19 PM

just got home after turning around at the fire – only one cop car at the scene before us, then saw 7 plus fire trucks headed there on our way out…was headed back toward clayton from brentwood. we turned around just before marsh creek springs where we could see the fire on the north side of the road starting just at the road and blazing way up the hill.

7 Chevrolet girl July 11, 2014 at 11:20 PM

@ Mitzi it is 5.4 miles from the school. According to Cal Fire it is near Aspara dr and is called the Marsh fire.

8 Antler July 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

ClayDen? Shasta? Anna Lemon Lady? Can’t picture exactly where you are, but am hoping all will be well for homeowners east/southeast of town.

9 demi July 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

what is happening with the fire? We live in Brentwood and the smoke and haze is super thick. Can anyone update at this time?

10 just me July 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

As of about 11:30-50 acres 20% containment no more local fire resources needed. Sounds like they’ll be relying on CalFire for add’l engines if needed.

11 JKB July 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

How far out of town? we can still hear sirens going east.

12 Mar July 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Lots of Fire trucks going that way Right now .I hope they can control it soon .

13 just me July 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

A bit more of an update -CalFire currently has 2 strike teams of engines headed into the area-one from MMU (Merced/ Mariposa Unit) and one from TCU (Tuolumne/Calaveras Unit).

14 Anon July 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

“.. which was caused by wires down after a vehicle collision..”
And rest assured: No liberties were violated by LE looking at your precious little cell phones or cell phone records. RIDICULOUS

15 ADH July 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Was coming back from Brentwood going to Morgan Territory R where I live. Came right up against the fire and the downed poles. I really panicked at first because I live on MTR and the Morgan fire came 1/4 mile from my house last year. Praying for those affected by this vegetation fire and that we have a fire free summer for everyone this year.

16 just me July 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

@Duck-actually the BC for the CalFire station you’re referring to was actually the first fire rep on scene. He called for a full vegetation response to the fire immediately and requested a full CalFire response. You add in the winds, dry fuels, and lack of rain and this is what happens.

Anyone curious about how bad this fire season can be I’d suggest you read this from predictive services and fire outlook- http://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/fuels_fire-danger/Northern_California_Fuels_and_Fire_Behavior_Advisory_07092014.pdf

17 Kk July 11, 2014 at 11:56 PM

What direction is the fire headed?

18 Laura Zah July 12, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Winds are blowing from the west / south west @ 13-15 mph

19 Chevrolet girl July 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM

50% contained

20 Duck July 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM

@ Just Me ………….thank you for the insightful and informative response.
Those are rare around here normally………LOL
Prayers to everyone involved !

21 Marissa July 12, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Sounds like a re-occurrence of the Mt. Diablo fire, let us know if anything is needed.

22 @14 July 12, 2014 at 4:26 AM

I hate to burst your bubble, but not every car accident is caused by someone using a cell phone. We had plenty of accidents before cell phones were even invented. So get off your high horse.

23 Ratzinger July 12, 2014 at 6:34 AM

@just me. I followed and read your link. It sort of raised an eyebrow as it seemed to pose as a technical document but read like a press release. The diagonal candy striping border gives it the appearance of a Dangerous Goods disclosure form. But enough literary criticism. What I really want say is, so when is it NOT a really, really, really bad fire season?

I can’t recall a year that was not hyped as really, really bad fire season. Lots of rain? Bad. Early rain? Bad. Late rain? Bad. Unusually distributed rain? Bad. Actually perfectly average rain? Bad.

Which brings us to this year. We had a very dry winter. A lot of fuel never really got a chance to grow. We’ve so far had a very mild summer. Other than a certain level of dryness being achieved a few weeks early, which your document states, shouldn’t this be one of the best fire seasons ever, with record low fuel levels?

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