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Live Blog: Firefighters Battle Fires in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and SF

ByArlene Huff

Jul 5, 2020

We’ll be providing updates on fires in the Bay Area and Northern California here.

Here’s a look at the latest updates:

Sunday, July 5

Firefighters have responded to a fire in Gilroy, which has burned a total of five acres so far.

In San Francisco, firefighters responded to a total of 110 fires on Independence Day. In addition, another fire ignited in the city Sunday morning at the Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park.

A fire ignited at around 11 p.m. Saturday night in Morgan Hill and prompted residents to be evacuated from their homes in the Finley Ridge Area.

According to Cal Fire chief Mike Marcucci, the Park Fire is now 200 acres and 20% contained.

Firefighters are waiting this morning for air tankers and choppers to arrive to the scene and assist with efforts to mitigate the fire. Officials are concerned about the wind and want to contain the fire before winds pick up later in the day.

The fire is expected to grow larger than 100 acres.

Saturday, July 4

The Contra Costa County Fire Department tweeted a recap of their Fourth of July activity: crews responded to 67 fires between 7 p.m. and midnight, 30 of which were in between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ten of the fires involved structures, and 16 were caused by fireworks — but no homes were lost.

Fire officials in Contra Costa County have confirmed that 20 crews have stopped forward progress of a fire on Southwood Drive in Pittsburg with no structures lost — but another blaze is burning two homes on Crestpark Circle in Antioch.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department is currently assisting the San Jose Fire Department on 20 active fires, including several vegetation and structure fires. Officials have confirmed that a fire at McLaren Park was caused by fireworks.

The Contra Costa County Fire Department is now responding to 18 vegetation fires, the department tweeted around 11 p.m. A major fire is threatening multiple homes on Southwood Drive in Pittsburg and another blaze on O Street in Antioch knocked down power lines.

Fire crews in San Francisco have managed to save a structure after a roof fire burned a home in the 2500 block of Arelious Walker Drive. Officials say the fire was caused by fireworks. This happened just across from North Shore Yosemite Slough in the Bayview area where crews recently fought another blaze.

A Sigalert was issued for southbound Highway 101 at Mckee Road in San Jose due to the fire at Watson Park in San Jose, but lanes have since started to reopen.

The Contra Costa County Fire Department announced via Twitter that it is fighting 14 fires across the district, including three structure fires. Because of the “unprecedented demand” for services, the department said it will only dispatch one fire engine per non-structure fire.

Firefighters in San Francisco managed to save multiple motor homes from being destroyed in the fire at Hunters Point in the Bayview neighborhood.

Two more fires have been reported in San Francisco. Crews are responding to a three-acre wildland fire in Hunters Point that is currently threatening one structure. A large grassfire is also burning in McLaren Park.

A large brush fire is burning in or near Watson Park in San Jose. No details are immediately available.

A fire that was brought under control in Sonoma County just before 3 p.m. has been determined to be in the Santa Rosa city limits. Officials said it was started by powered weed mowing equipment.

Officials have reported that forward progress of a fire that burned 100 acres near Sunol has been stopped and is now in the mop up phase.

San Francisco fire crews are responding to a grass fire in the area of Ironwood Road and Catalina Street.

Firefighters are battling a blaze near Candlestick Point State Park. Earlier, the San Francisco Fire Department tweeted out photos of a two-acre fire on Hunters Point in the Bayview neighborhood, apparently started by fireworks.

Just before 3 p.m. firefighters in Sonoma County brought a one-acre vegetation fire under control in the Rincon Valley area.

A fire was reported at around 1:50 p.m. in Sunol, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire broke out at 7555 Sheridan Road and has burned a total of 100 acres and is about 30% contained.

Friday, July 3

Another blaze that officials believe was sparked by illegal fireworks has broken out in Bay Point. The Contra Costa County Fire Department said in a tweet that trains in the area have been slowed while crews work to contain the blaze between Levee Road and the railroad tracks.

Fire crews in Contra Costa County quickly knocked down three fires. Two of the fires were brush fires, one in Pittsburg and one in San Pablo. The third was a barn fire in Rodeo. At least one of the three fires, the one in Pittsburg, was caused by illegal fireworks, officials confirmed via Twitter.

San Francisco firefighters responded to a two-alarm structure fire in the 2000 block of Mission Street.

No injuries reported in the incident, according to firefighters.

No other information was immediately available.

Thursday, July 2

Firefighters are battling a two-alarm brush fire along eastbound Interstate 580, just west of the Portola Avenue exit. CHP officials have issued a Sig-alert and said motorists should expect delays.

Crews were able to stop forward progress of the blaze shortly after 11:10 a.m.

In San Jose, a brush fire charred two acres in the area of North Jackson and Maybury. Crews were able to stop forward progress of the blaze shortly after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 30

Fire crews knocked down a 9-acre brush fire in Clayton early Tuesday morning that had threatened a mobile home park. The blaze, which was first reported at about 11 p.m. Monday, started in the 16700 block of Marsh Creek Road across the street from the Clayton Palms Community. No injuries were reported.

Monday, June 29

Firefighters contained multiple fires that burned along the Iron Horse Trail on the border of Pleasant Hill and Concord. The fires broke out in the area of Sherman and Brookview drives, the fire department said.

In San Jose, firefighters are battling a brush fire in the area of Tuers Road and East Capitol Expressway.

Saturday, June 27

Firefighters contained a brush fire that threatened structures on Palou Avenue and 3rd Street in San Francisco. 

Caltrain was shut down in both directions as the flames spread to the tracks, the fire department said.

No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. Caltrain service is expected to resume shortly.

Highway 101 is now open in both directions in Marin County after issues with smoke from a fire near Marin City forced a full closure, the California Highway Patrol said. The half-acre brush fire is contained and no structures are threatened.

The San Francisco Fire Department is asking the public to avoid the area of a blaze behind Jack in the Box on Bayshore Freeway. Smoke from the fire, which started in an encampment, is blowing onto northbound Highway 101.

Fairfield fire crews are battling a second-alarm brush fire
at I-680 and Gold Hill Road and advise people to avoid the area.

Cal Fire has confirmed that the Parish Fire has been contained at 12 acres.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed a fire in Benicia Saturday afternoon.

The Parish Fire began burning at around 2:00 p.m.. according to CHP reports.

At around 3:19 p.m., Cal Fire confirmed the fire had burned a total of six acres.

Tuesday, June 23

Firefighters responded to a brush fire near San Jose’s Alum Rock.

The blaze charred around 10 acres and was reported in the area of Sierra Road and Skyview Drive. Forward progress of the blaze was stopped before 1 p.m., firefighters said.

No other information was immediately available.

Saturday, June 20

A fire broke out on Yerba Buena Island Saturday at around 2:43 p.m. in San Francisco, the CHP confirmed.

Around 4:30 p.m. the San Francisco Fire Department declared the fire on Yerba Buena Island under control with no resulting injuries or structural damage.

Thursday, June 18

Firefighters are battling another brush fire in the Livermore area, this time in the area of Greenville Road and westbound Interstate 580.

The blaze has drawn a three-alarm response.

Firefighters battled two other brush fires earlier in the area.

One blaze, named the Mines Fire, burned 1.5 acres along the 19000 block of Mines Road, according to Cal Fire. The fire is 100% contained.

Another blaze, named the Lab Fire, scorched 28 acres, Cal Fire said. It has been fully contained.

No other information was immediately available.

Firefighters are battling a 6-acre fire burning in Santa Clara County. The fire broke out in the area of Highway 101 and Bailey Avenue, according to Cal Fire.

Wednesday, June 17

The Nelson Fire is Butte County prompted evacuations and charred at least 95 acres, officials say. The blaze has been contained.

Tuesday, June 16

The below update is provided by Bay City News:

All southbound lanes reopened on state Highway 17 in unincorporated
Santa Clara County Tuesday evening as fire crews were putting out a brush fire
that had closed both directions of the road, according to the California
Highway Patrol.

All lanes reopened at about 6:50 p.m. near the community of Redwood
Estates, CHP officials said.

Forward progress on the two-alarm fire had been stopped
earlier in the evening and no structures were threatened, Santa Clara County
fire officials and Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police said.

Wednesday, June 10

The Quail Fire in Solano County is now 1837 acres and 100% contained after days of burning.

The fire was initially reported Saturday off of Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road near Winters.

Tuesday, June 9

San Jose firefighters battled a brush fire early Tuesday evening near the intersection of Mabury Road and Jackson Avenue.

Firefighters said the blaze has charred at least 3 acres. No injuries reported and no structures damaged, firefighters said.

Crews were able to extinguish the flames by 6:45 p.m. and a cause is under investigation.

In San Leandro, Alameda County Fire Department crews responded to a house fire on Dutton and Superior Avenue. No injuries reported.

Monday, June 8

Evacuations have been lifted near a brush fire in the Clearlake area in Lake County, Cal Fire says. The so-called Boyles Fire has burned at least 3 acres as of late Monday afternoon.

For more information on evacuation, view Clearlake PD’s Nixle alert.

East Bay

Crews responded to a 3-alarm structure fire in Oakland. Latest updates here.

Sunday, June 7

East Bay

Fire crews in Concord battled the so-called Willow Fire, which burned about 136 acres near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The fire was largely contained by 8 p.m. Saturday. More from our story here.

North Bay

As of 7 p.m. the Gulch Fire in Sonoma County remained at 107 acres with 95% containment.

As of 8 p.m. Monday the Quail Fire near Winters in Solano County has burned at least 1,837 acres and is 75% contained. Mandatory evacuations have been lifted.

Firefighters explained low humidity and high winds helped spur what some are calling a “dangerous rate of spread.”

In response to the fire, an evacuation center has been set up at the Three Oaks Community Center in Vacaville, located at 1100 Alamo Dr.

The Quail Fire is 75% contained. Full coverage here.

The Gulch Fire in south of Petaluma in Sonoma County charred at least 107 acres.

According to officials, the fire is 75% contained as of 8:07 a.m. Updates here.

Saturday, June 6

East Bay

A two-alarm fire grass fire, named Willow Fire, is burning near East Olivera and Willow Pass Roads near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The fire was reported at around 5 p.m.

North Bay

The Quail Fire off of Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road began burning at around 5 p.m. Saturday in Solano County.

Evacuation orders were put in place hours later as the fire burned approximantely 500 acres.

The Gulch fire began burning at around 4:48 p.m. off of Stage Gulch Road and Lakeville Highway in Sonoma County.

An hour later, the fire had charred a total of 150 acres.

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Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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