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Crews battle weekend fires on Mount Diablo

Marsh Complex Fire burns 655 acres east of Clayton

The Marsh Complex Fire, a series of several vegetation fires east of Clayton, is now considered 85% contained, having burned about 655 acres on the northwest side of Mount Diablo in unincorporated Contra Costa County, firefighters said Sunday morning.

More than 400 firefighters were working Saturday are working to contain the three largest blazes in the Marsh Complex Fire in Contra Costa County.

No injuries have been reported and no structures are threatened by the fire, centered at Marsh Creek and Morgan Territory roads about four miles east of Clayton, Cal Fire officials said.

A shelter in place was issued earlier in the day near Clayton, with residents there advised to stay inside and close doors and windows. The advisory was lifted Saturday evening.

Due to smoke from the blazes, air district officials on Saturday morning issued an air quality advisory for the Bay Area through Sunday.

Crews first responded shortly after 3 a.m. to a fire near Marsh Creek Road and Bragdon Way, about a mile east of the Marsh Creek Road/Morgan Territory Road intersection in unincorporated Contra Costa County.

The cause of those overnight blazes is under investigation.

Authorities have closed Marsh Creek Road between Brentwood and Clayton.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Olivia
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 5, 2019 at 9:29 am

That seems such an odd time for a fire to start. Early morning hours around 3am? Thank you to all firefighters working to keep is safe!

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Posted by Melissa
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm

I did not get a Danville PD alert about this, which concerns me. I only got an alert recently about a road closure due to a downed tree.

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Posted by Geoff Gillette
a resident of Danville
on Aug 6, 2019 at 11:27 am

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Hi Melissa,

We didn't put out any alerts on this incident because it was east of Clayton on the other side of Mt Diablo, and we weren't even getting any smoke from the fire in our area.

If the fire had been headed in our direction, or if we were seeing a significant amount of smoke from the fire, then we would be sure to have alerts out. We monitor these situations, in case we do need to alert the community.

Hope this helps.


Geoff Gillette
Town of Danville
Public Information Officer
(925) 314-3336

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