Fire Near Mt. Diablo Grows Past 800 Acres - NBC Bay Area

Fire Near Mt. Diablo Grows Past 800 Acres



    UPDATE: Fire Near Mt. Diablo Grows Past 800 Acres

    The fire that broke out on the eastern side of Mt. Diablo near the city of Clayton has burned somewhere between 800 and 1,000 acres, according to a state fire official. It will be a long night for firefighters and a long night for the people who have been forced out of their homes. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports with the latest on the fire. (Published Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013)

    A fire near Mt. Diablo, about 35 miles east of Oakland, has grown past 800 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire is still growing.

    A strike team of engines from San Ramon Valley Fire and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded for structure protection.

    The response includes: 25 engines, 4 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 6 crews, 4 bulldozers, per CalFire.

    About 50-75 structures are threatened by the fire.

    Homes on Curry Canyon Road and Oak Hill Lane are under mandatory evacuation. Some homeowners were on top of their roofs spraying them down.

    Homeowners have been asked to head to the Clayton Community Library at 6125 Clayton Road for shelter. Volunteers are there and have food and water for anyone who needs it.

    Clayton resident Andy Cuellar said he was concerned about what could happen.
    "There's 60 acres of open land behind my house, 40 acres of open land on the other side of my house and if a spot fire hits either one of those two properties, then I'm kind of sandwiched in between," Cuellar said. "That's the fate of most of us who live out here."

    Smoke Plume Weather

    [BAY] Smoke Plume Weather
    Intense heat, low humidity and extremely dry fuel moisture of the vegetation near Mt. Diablo led to explosive development of the Morgan Fire at times on Sunday afternoon. A towering 'column plume' fire took shape, an indication of heat driving upward motion like strong updrafts in a thunderstorm with the smoke fanning outward near the top into the slightly offshore winds above moving in the opposite direction of the late day sea breeze below. As rapidly growing fires develop, rising air will cause air to move inward to replace it, causing wind shifts that can lead to challenging fire weather behavior. Winds are expected to increase slightly into Monday with onshore winds leading to cooling temperatures and slightly higher humidity levels by Tuesday. Rob Mayeda
    (Published Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013)

    Those with disabilities who are not able to leave their homes on their own should call 911 immediately, according to the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department.

    CalFire said it expects the fire to continue to grow for two reasons--weather conditions and firing operations, which are fires CalFire is setting in an attempt to steer the fire into terrain that isn't as steep.

    Throughout the day, a massive plume of smoke could be seen from all over the Bay Area, including by people driving across the Bay Bridge. The fire started at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Mt. Diablo Fire Forces Residents to Evacuate Homes

    [BAY] Mt. Diablo Fire Forces Residents to Evacuate Homes
    Dozens of homes have been evacuated as a result of the Mt. Diablo fire. The evacuation order affects people living on Curry Canyon Road and Oak Hill Lane, which is in the Curry Point area on the far eastern side of Mt. Diablo. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama reports.
    (Published Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013)