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Crews gain control of brush fire near Finley Road in Tassajara Valley

Flames spread from structure to vegetation, prompted temporary evacuation warnings

Firefighters were continuing work to knock down a vegetation fire that sparked Saturday evening after flames spread from a structure to nearby brush in the Tassajara Valley.

The "Old School Fire" stood at 4.8 acres and 75% contained as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Cal Fire. That represented a reduction from the size reported the night before, when the flames were deemed under control but still burning at approximately 9 acres.

The flames first ignited around 6:15 p.m. Saturday in a structure on property in the 6600 block of Old School Road in the Tassajara Valley, according to the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Bay City News Service reported the fire broke out at a house on Old School Road, destroying the home and causing an injury to a resident therein requiring hospitalization.

The fire quickly spread to nearby vegetation and grew toward steep, hard-to-reach terrain in the rural part of Contra Costa County, with the origin just over two miles away from the Camino Tassajara-Finley Road intersection.

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SRVFPD described the fire as fast-moving, and crews from multiple agencies assisted with ground and aerial firefighting attacks. Approximately 125 firefighters were on-scene to battle the blaze on Saturday evening.

Emergency officials issued evacuation warnings for residents near Finley Road at approximately 9:45 p.m., but they were canceled shortly after. Cal Fire reported around 10 p.m. Saturday that the forward progress had been stopped.

In providing an update on Sunday morning, Cal Fire said that the 4.8-acre fire was at 50% containment with the dayshift of firefighters to include engine, water tender and hand crews. The fire agency updated the statistics to reflect 75% containment as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Crews gain control of brush fire near Finley Road in Tassajara Valley

Flames spread from structure to vegetation, prompted temporary evacuation warnings

by DanvilleSanRamon staff /

Uploaded: Sat, Aug 14, 2021, 10:09 pm
Updated: Sun, Aug 15, 2021, 4:00 pm

Firefighters were continuing work to knock down a vegetation fire that sparked Saturday evening after flames spread from a structure to nearby brush in the Tassajara Valley.

The "Old School Fire" stood at 4.8 acres and 75% contained as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Cal Fire. That represented a reduction from the size reported the night before, when the flames were deemed under control but still burning at approximately 9 acres.

The flames first ignited around 6:15 p.m. Saturday in a structure on property in the 6600 block of Old School Road in the Tassajara Valley, according to the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Bay City News Service reported the fire broke out at a house on Old School Road, destroying the home and causing an injury to a resident therein requiring hospitalization.

The fire quickly spread to nearby vegetation and grew toward steep, hard-to-reach terrain in the rural part of Contra Costa County, with the origin just over two miles away from the Camino Tassajara-Finley Road intersection.

SRVFPD described the fire as fast-moving, and crews from multiple agencies assisted with ground and aerial firefighting attacks. Approximately 125 firefighters were on-scene to battle the blaze on Saturday evening.

Emergency officials issued evacuation warnings for residents near Finley Road at approximately 9:45 p.m., but they were canceled shortly after. Cal Fire reported around 10 p.m. Saturday that the forward progress had been stopped.

In providing an update on Sunday morning, Cal Fire said that the 4.8-acre fire was at 50% containment with the dayshift of firefighters to include engine, water tender and hand crews. The fire agency updated the statistics to reflect 75% containment as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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on Aug 16, 2021 at 9:51 am
Matty, Blackhawk
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on Aug 16, 2021 at 9:51 am

Great job SRVFPD and Cal Fire!


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