Brush Fire Injures 2, Evacuation Orders Lifted in Pleasanton, Sunol

Two residents, one from Sunol and the other from Pleasanton, were transported to the hospital related to the fire

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Two people were injured in a brush fire burning on the Pleasanton Ridge Thursday afternoon, firefighters said.

Flames were first reported at the 4500 block of River Rock Hill Road around 2 p.m.

Evacuation orders are in place for anyone in the area of Golden Eagle, police said. The Alameda County Fire Department also ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in the area of Kilkare Road in Sunol.

An evacuation warning was also issued for those on Castlewood Drive around 7:30 p.m.

But as of 8:46 p.m., Cal Fire said the evacuation orders have been lifted.

According to Fremont fire, a firefighter was injured at as a result of being hit by a fallen tree after a water drop operation. They added the firefighter was released from the hospital Thursday evening and is expected to be OK.

One of the injured residents is from Sunol and the other from Pleasanton. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The fire has consumed at least 71 acres, is 20% contained and destroyed one structure, firefighters said.

Aerial view of brush fire on Pleasanton Ridge. (June 23, 2022)

Fire crews say high temperatures, low humidity and wind all played a factor in how fast the flames spread. 

“It’s your house, your life, your everything in front of you could be disappearing forever,” said evacuee Naji Haddad. “It’s an indescribable feeling. We are hoping that this fire will be taken care of.”

Foothill Road between Bernal Avenue and Castlewood Drive is closed to traffic. Police ask everyone avoid the area.

Forward process stopped around 4:30 p.m., Cal Fire said.

The cause is under investigation.

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