Grass fires burn more than 85 acres in Contra Costa County

Firefighters in Contra Costa County spent hours Saturday afternoon battling four grass fires that burned more than 85 acres before they were contained.

The largest fire burned about 75 acres west of Kirker Pass Road, in an unincorporated area between Pittsburg and Concord, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

The fire started about 5 p.m. Cal Fire and Contra Costa County fire crews contained the flames at 6:16 p.m.

Another fire charred about 10 acres off Alhambra Valley Road, about a half-mile east of Castro Ranch Road, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford said. That fire began about 3:40 p.m. and was contained at 5:12 p.m.</p>

Cal Fire had extra crews on hand today because of high, gusty winds in the forecast, Crawford said.

“We were prepared for this because we saw the front going through was going to give us a lot of wind,” Crawford said. “We're lucky we had a lot of little fires, instead of one big fire.”

Firefighters also put out two smaller grass fires in Contra Costa County on Saturday.

A structure fire turned into a grass fire, burning about a quarter-acre near San Pablo Dam and Hillcrest roads outside Pinole, Crawford said. That fire was contained at 5:41 p.m.

And one county fire engine also responded to a “very small” grass fire between Brentwood and Discovery Bay, near Chestnut Street and Eden Plains Road, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

BART study: Ending paper tickets would ‘disproportionately’ impact low-income riders, people of color

When BART eventually eliminates its magnetic-stripe paper tickets from use, it will… Continue reading

Police efforts to stem 49ers revelry in Mission District spark backlash

SFPD preparing for potential bonfires, vandalism on Super Bowl Sunday

First transitional housing project for homeless transgender residents opens in Chinatown

Project gives gender non-conforming a safe, supportive space to rebuild their lives

SF e-scooters burst into flames in Golden Gate Park, ex-contractor reveals

Photographs obtained Wednesday by the San Francisco Examiner show the charred remains of at least two Skip e-scooters

SF politico who authored vape ban takes money from JUUL lobbyist, returns it after media call

Supervisor Shamann Walton made national news after he proverbially smoked e-cigarette company… Continue reading

Most Read