UPDATE: Fire in Shell Ridge Open Space Possibly Caused by Fireworks

July 15, 2014 21:34 pm · 6 comments



A one-alarm fire burned about five acres of land near the Shell Ridge Open Space preserve in Walnut Creek this afternoon, fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 2:13 p.m. in an area near Indian Valley Elementary School, according to Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze by 2:38 p.m., Marshall said.

Fire investigators are looking into a report that fireworks were heard in the area prior to the fire and that three males were seen leaving the area, according to the fire marshal.

Anyone with information is asked to call the fire district’s arson tip line at 866-50-ARSON.

Big thanks to “Karma” for the pictures from the scene of the blaze!

Karma July 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Hey Mayor – Check your email. I was out for a run today when the fire was happening. Sent you the pictures.

CLAYCORD.com July 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Thank you so much, Karma!! Just sent you an email. Really appreciate it!


The Mamba July 16, 2014 at 7:07 AM

It’s hard to imagine the kind of brainpower behind three men playing with fireworks in that environment.

anonanonagain July 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Idiots like these supposedly three men that set the fire off, do not care of the damage they have caused or will cause because of their stupidity. Especially in these very dry times they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law….

Dwight Schrute July 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I am sure they were kids not men…stupid decision for sure

Larry July 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Dumb asses.This behavior starts with bad parenting then escalates into something equally as stupid.

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