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Firefighters Continue Battling Storm-Related Fires Around the Bay Area

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EDITOR'S NOTE (Monday, Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m.): This page is no longer being updated. For the latest information regarding local brush fires, visit our fire blog.

Lightning and wind gusts were sparking fires and causing power outages around the Bay Area Sunday morning.

Lightning is given as the cause of vegetation fires in the North, South and East Bay areas, aided by winds gusts that the National Weather Service said have been as high as 66 mph in higher elevations.

The majority of the Bay Area had a rude awakening as unprecedented thunder and lightning illuminated the sky.

South Bay

In Santa Clara County, Cal Fire is battling a fire in the Arroyo Hondo Road and Oakridge Road area. The fire has been deemed the Marsh Fire and it is burning in four locations totaling about 1,775 acres, Cal Fire said.

Earlier Sunday, officials said downed power lines sparked a fire in an unincorporated area on Brush Road near state Highway 17 that started just before 3 a.m. and forced the evacuation of 20 residents. It was contained by 6 a.m. after burning a little more than an acre.

East Bay

Firefighters in the East Bay are battling the Deer Zone Fire, a compilation of four different fires totaling around 1,161 acres in the Round Valley Area in Contra Costa County.

The Deer Zone Fire, a collection of fires, is burning at three locations and totaling about 325 acres, according to Cal Fire. Christie Smith reports.

The flames have consumed acreage in the Round Valley area off Marsh Creek Road and evacuations are in order for Marsh Creek Road and Morgan Territory Road in the city of Brentwood.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered late Sunday for residents along Morgan Territory Road and Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood, fire officials said. The Brentwood Community Center at 34 Oak St. the Clayton Safeway Shopping Center or the Clayton Library at 6125 Clayton Road are serving as evacuee centers.

Earlier in the day, Cal Fire was working the Arroyo Fire in the area of 5200 Arroyo Road near Lake Del Valle in Livermore.

North Bay

The Santa Rosa Fire Department said agencies around Sonoma County have been responding to reports of downed trees and power lines and other lightning-related incidents.

The Marin County Fire Department said it was responding to "numerous lightning strikes in the area of King Mountain and San Geronimo and throughout the county" and that power was out in several areas of the county. Power restoration was expected by 8:30 a.m., the agency said.

Power was out for some 4,500 customers in San Mateo County.

As of 5 p.m., there were around 17,000 PG&E customers without power in the Bay Area in addition to the following:

  • 2,438 in Windsor, east of Windsor, Sonoma County
  • 462 north of Santa Rosa in the Mark West Springs Area of Sonoma County
  • 434 west of Occidental in Sonoma County
  • 479 north, northwest of Tomales in Marin County
  • 155 in the Tammalpais Homestead Valley
  • 370 in the area of the fire burning east of Crystal Springs Reservoir near 280 west of the city of San Mateo
  • 112 in the Palomar Park area of Redwood City
  • 366 in the Palo Alto Hills area west of Highway 280
  • 493 in Cupertino
  • 283 in west Cupertino
  • 146 in Los Altos
  • 246 in west San Jose
  • 1,479 in the Camden area of San Jose
  • 771 in the area just south of the Camden area
  • 662 in the Saratoga Area
  • 1,621 in the San Lorenzo Park area
  • 1,300 in the area of the Bear Creek Redwood Open Space down to Glenwood over to Loma Prieta
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