Contra Costa County

At 6:37 pm Wednesday, East Contra Costa Firefighters responded to a report of a solo vehicle crash off the roadway which resulted in the spread of a 12-acre vegetation fire.

Engine 52 arrived on scene on Briones Valley Road at Deer Valley to find a solo vehicle off the roadway on its side in a drainage ditch—the vehicle accident was non-injury according to AMR.

Firefighters arrived on scene and estimated at least 1-acre on fire and called for additional units to assist. Engines 93 (Oakley), 2-Calfire units, and 2 CONFIRE units were requested.

By 7:09, the fire hit 8-acres when additional units were able to assist in controlling the burn.

The units on scene started a progressive hose lay and conducted a fire attack and limited the fire to approximately 12 acres. The vehicle was destroyed in the incident.

A total of 25-firefighters were needed on the incident and CHP shut down Briones Valley Road between Marsh Creek Road and Balfour.

The accident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Update
At 4:48 am Thursday, firefighters returned to the scene after a report of smoke and flames. It was a small spot fire which one engine could handle.

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The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County are proud to announce the reopening of previously de-staffed Engine 6 from the Downtown Concord Fire Station.

Engine 6 has been de-staffed since May of 2012, so the reopening of this unit is providing much relief during an extremely intense fire season and anticipated high heat throughout the summer.  Downtown Concord Station 6 will be staffed with a Truck and an Engine both staffed with a full crew from today, July 1st through October 31, the peak of this year’s fire season.

The reopening of Engine 6 was produced through a collaborative effort between the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

“The reopening of Engine 6 provides much relief to an already stressed Fire District.  At 8 AM the Engine was in service, by 8:20 it was running emergencies and by noon it had already run 6 calls.  This unit will help us run safer during the busy fire season and provide a greater level of service to the community we serve.  We are very excited to see Engine 6 back in service,” said Vince Wells, President of United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230.

Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched at about 2 PM on Tuesday to a dog in distress at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez.

According to the Sheriffs Office, a dog had apparently been left in a pick-up truck for much of the day. The windows were opened slightly on a day that reached 106 degrees. The dog was clearly in distress and could barely move when Deputies arrived.

The Deputies immediately provided some water and were waiting for Animal Services to respond. The dog’s owner arrived about 20 minutes later and was warned about the dangers of leaving a dog in a parked car.

The Sheriffs Office is asking people not to leave dogs or any pet in a parked vehicle.

In Antioch, the police were responding to the parking lot of Applebees where they reportedly broke a window per radio traffic to get a dog out of a hot vehicle around 5:00 pm Tuesday.

Stockton Police K9 Dies After Air Conditioner Failure

The following information was provided by the Stockton Police Department FB Page on Tuesday.

It is with great sadness that we must inform you that one of our Police K9’s “Nitro” died this afternoon while at work. Nitro’s Handler noticed Nitro was having some type of medical issue likely due to the heat and the dog was rushed to a nearby Veterinarian Clinic where the dog died. This situation is obviously devastating for our K9 Handler and the entire Police Department is mourning this loss.

All photos by Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

 

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The investigation into the June 8, 2015 vandalism at the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park continues as police seek to speak to persons of interest seen in video taken at the park.

An initial reward of $6,500 was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Community Organizations have come forward to offer additional funds, bringing the reward total up to $12,000.

An image pulled from cameras at Oak Hill Park show a pair of subjects walking in the direction of the memorial at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015. Police Chief Steve Simpkins is asking residents to look again at the image and contact police with any information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Brian Sliger at (925) 314-3703 or bsliger@danville.ca.gov.

– See more at: https://nixle.com/alert/5445119/#sthash.eWRLw0Do.dpuf

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Graphic provided by US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory which is in effect until 9:00 pm Wednesday as temperatures are expected to hit as high as 108 degrees in East County.

As of 10:00 am, the high in East County was found in Brentwood and Discovery Bay who are at 85 degrees.

Here is a look at the expected highs over the next few days:

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Antioch 107 102 93 91
Brentwood 109 104 96 95
Discovery Bay 109 105 97 95
Oakley 108 104 95 93
Pittsburg 106 101 92 90
Here is the alert that was issued:

...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN FRANCISCO HAS ISSUED A HEAT
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT WEDNESDAY.

* LOCATIONS: THE NORTH BAY AREA...THE EAST BAY AREA AND THE SANTA
CLARA VALLEY.

* TIMING: TEMPERATURES WILL RISE RAPIDLY TODAY PEAKING IN THE
AFTERNOON HOURS. OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES WILL COOL INTO THE LOW
TO MID 60S BUT WILL RISE QUICKLY ONCE AGAIN ON
WEDNESDAY...PEAKING IN THE AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES: INLAND HIGHS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE UPPER 90S
TO 108.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE
POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED
ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND
NEIGHBORS.

The Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County issued a reminder that ALL fireworks of any kind including the “safe and sane” type are ILLEGAL in Contra Costa County.

Sale, possession or discharge of fireworks is illegal, constitutes a misdemeanor and is a violation of Contra Costa County Ordinance, section 44-2.002

Being in the 4th year of a major drought, local vegetation is extremely dry and fires can spread rapidly. Weather is forecast to be in the upper 80’s to 100 degrees in the week leading up to the 4th of July.

Please take extra precaution outdoors when using power equipment near dry grass. Ensure you have a defensible space around your home, addresses are clearly marked and visible from the street, combustible/flammable materials are moved away from your home, and your roof and gutters are clear of dry leaves and branches.

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner! As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, the men and women of the California Highway Patrol want to remind you to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

The protracted drought affecting California has increased fire danger exponentially around the Bay Area. Already we have seen several fires which have affected communities around the region. The use of illegal fireworks has the potential to cause devastation, as a single spark could ignite a huge fire.

Aside from ten communities in the region, ALL fireworks are illegal in the Bay Area. In the following communities, so-called “safe and sane” fireworks are permitted: San Bruno, Pacifica, Union City, Newark, Dublin, Gilroy, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park and Cloverdale. “Safe and Sane” fireworks are approved by the State Fire Marshal, and a list of approved fireworks can be found here http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/pdf/fireworks/safesanebookFINAL1.pdf. Please remember to check local ordinances and laws before utilizing any fireworks. Generally, “safe and sane” fireworks do not explode or leave the ground.

There are numerous fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations across the Bay Area. Our media partners have developed lists of activities where you can enjoy professional fireworks displays and celebrate the Fourth of July.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Antioch – Contra Costa Fairgrounds
Antioch’s 4th of July Parade, Festivities and Fireworks – Parade, car show, live music all day, carnival rides, roller derby demonstration, food, games and fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m.! The whole town celebrates this day-long event. Friday, July 4, 2015. (925) 757-4400.

Cerrito Vista Park
2015 City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival – Celebrate Independence Day in El Cerrito and the annual admission-free family-friendly event. Live entertainment, art, and tasty food! Friday, July 3, 2015 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Clayton
Clayton’s Rockin’ on the 4th! – City parade on Saturday, July 4, 2015 10a.m. – 12p.m. Oak Street, Clayton, California 94517. (925) 565-0830.

Mt. Diablo High School
2nd Annual 4th of July Festival – A day full of events in Concord: 5k run, parade, picnic, kids carnival, food booths and live entertainment! Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015. 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 2450 Grant St. Concord, CA 94520 (Only 3 Blocks from Todos Santos Plaza). For more information please call (925)695-7268.

Oakley
Saturday, July 4. Celebration with food and music starting at 6:00pm at Freedom Basin Park featuring jumpies, games, food, music and fireworks at dusk.

Orinda
Parade, Pancake Breakfast, flag raising ceremony, live music games and more! Saturday, July 4, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563.

Pittsburg Waterfront
Independence Day Fireworks – Celebrate Independence Day on the Pittsburg Waterfront! Fireworks will begin at dusk. Saturday, July 4, 2015. 51 Marina Boulevard. Pittsburg, California 94565. (925) 252-4860.

Pleasant Hill
Celebrating America’s Story – Fireworks begin around 9 p.m. Firecracker 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m., fun at the park at 10:30 a.m. , entertainment, games and more. Saturday, July 4, 2015. Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa, CA 94523.

San Pablo
Live entertainment, food, games, activities and fireworks show at dusk! Free admission. Saturday, July 4, 2015. El Portal Soccer Field. 2600 Moraga Road, San Pablo, CA. For more information please call (510)215-3084.

San Ramon Central Park
Live music, dancing, patriotic celebration, and salute to local veterans. Additional parking will be available at Iron Horse Middle School. Saturday, July 4, 2015 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583. For more information please call (925)973-3200

A full list of fireworks can be viewed by clicking here.

Please remember, never stop on a freeway shoulder to view fireworks displays. The freeway shoulders are dangerous places, as an errant, distracted, or impaired driver could easily collide with your stopped vehicle and cause a tragedy. If you stop on the freeway for any reason other than an emergency, you will be subject to citation. If you plan to stop on a city street to watch the fireworks displays in your areas, make sure you obey all local posted regulations, and never stop in traffic lanes.

The California Highway Patrol wishes you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

A Street/ Lone Tree Way was closed June 27-28 in both directions as crews working on Highway 4

Here is a look at the Highway 4 Construction for June 29 through July 3. This week, State Route 4 will have a full freeway closure at the 160 ramp and Laurel Road Sunday and Monday evening from 11:59-5:00 am. There will also be lane closures.

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES:

State Route 4:

State Route 4 will be closed in the eastbound direction between the State Route 4/State Route 160 connector ramp and Laurel Road on Sunday and Monday evenings from 11:59 pm to 5:00 am.

State Route 160:

There are no full freeway closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.

HIGHWAY LANE CLOSURES:

State Route 4:

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Railroad Avenue and California Avenue on Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between Bailey Road and Loveridge Road on Monday through Wednesday from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Laurel Road and the State Route 4/State Route 160 connector ramp on Sunday and Monday evenings from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.

State Route 160:

There are no highway lane closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.

RAMP CLOSURES:

There are no ramp closures planned for this week.

LOCAL STREET CLOSURES:

A Street/ Lone Tree Way will be closed in all directions between State Route 4 on and off ramps starting Saturday morning at 6:00 am and ending Sunday evening at 10:00 pm.

Cavallo Road will be closed in all directions between E. Tregallas Road and Sunset Drive on Monday through Thursday evenings from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Weather Alert Warning for inland locations with a rapid rise in temperatures. On Tuesday and Wednesday, inland locations are expected to reach as high to 108 degrees.

Here is a look at local temperatures expected over the next few days:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Antioch 95 106 103 93
Brentwood 96 108 105 95
Discovery Bay 97 108 105 96
Oakley 96 107 104 94
Pittsburg 93 105 101 91

Here is the warning by the weather service:

A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO BUILD OVER THE WESTERN
U.S. RESULTING IN A RAPID RISE IN TEMPERATURES OVER THE NEXT FEW
DAYS. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK ON WEDNESDAY WITH
INLAND TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO RISE INTO THE MID TO UPPER 90S
WITH WARMEST INLAND LOCATIONS REACHING UP TO 108 DEGREES. A
GENTLE SEA BREEZE WILL AID IN KEEPING THE IMMEDIATE COAST
INCLUDING MUCH OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA COOLER. COASTAL
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE LOW TO MID 70S.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON WORKING OR RECREATING OUTDOORS ON THURSDAY
PLEASE DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND WHENEVER POSSIBLE SEEK SHELTER
FROM THE SUN. ALSO DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PETS. NEVER LEAVE YOUR
PET UNATTENDED IN YOUR VEHICLE AND BE SURE TO PROVIDE PLENTY OF
WATER AND SHADE TO OUTDOOR ANIMALS. ALSO NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN
UNATTENDED IN YOUR VEHICLE. REMEMBER BEAT THE HEAT...CHECK THE
BACK SEAT.

SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE SECOND HALF
OF THE WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND AS THE HIGH GRADUALLY WEAKENS.

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Irrigation District Pursues Legal Action to Retain Water Rights for Hundreds of Local Farmers, Ranchers and Families

Lawsuit responds to State Water Resources Control Board curtailment notice that strips century-old water rights

(Tracy, Calif., June 26, 2015) – The Byron-Bethany Irrigation District filed a lawsuit in Contra Costa County Superior Court today demanding that the “notice of curtailment” BBID received June 12, 2015 be rescinded immediately and seeks damages from the State for the devastating impacts of the State Water Resources Control Board’s order to cease diversions.

The notice of curtailment, which was issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, intends to strip century-old water rights from family farms and ranches and the communities that depend upon them in order to contend with the state’s drought emergency. The curtailment notice also impacts the community of Mountain House, whose 12,000 residents rely solely on BBID for their water supply. While BBID is dedicated to helping conserve water during this time of drought, the district contends  that the state’s dramatic and overreaching action is inappropriate, dangerous and illegal.

“Enough is enough,” says BBID Board President Russell Kagehiro. “The more than 160 agricultural customers we represent provide food for Californians and the entire United States. The State Water Board has chosen a path that will force farmers and ranchers to defend rights as old as California itself. It is irresponsible and unnecessary. We will fight to ensure that water rights are protected, so families and farms can continue to grow and provide for the state and the nation, and to keep agriculturally-based families and communities from drying up at the whim of the state.”

Access to water diversion for farming purposes in this area was established in the early 1900s, and has served as the lifeblood of local communities and family farms. The curtailment notice is nothing short of catastrophic. It will strangle family farms, kill vital crops, compromise thousands of livestock, raise consumer prices, destroy thousands of jobs, and ultimately eliminate the ability to farm the land. Reducing water flow to these farmers and ranchers will impact the economy throughout California, and potentially across the country.

“The state has failed to demonstrate that it has the jurisdiction to curtail pre-1914 water rights in the manner it has chosen this year,” says BBID General Counsel Daniel Kelly. “BBID is pursuing all legal avenues available to gain relief from the curtailment notice and to ensure that the flow of water is uninterrupted. These farming communities are vital to California’s economy and to our country’s food supply. We are optimistic that the Court will uphold our century-old water rights and our Constitutional rights, lifting the restriction on our diversion of water before our farmers and the communities we serve realize the devastating impact of the State Water Board’s action.”

Thousands of acres of rich land served by BBID provide an abundant harvest of corn, tomatoes, alfalfa, grapes, cherries, walnuts and more, as well as an enormous number of livestock. All of this feeds not just Californians, but people across the nation. The impact of the curtailment notice will have a significant ripple effect for the agrarian economy, from which these communities will likely never fully recover.

“The potential damages to the region are practically immeasurable,” says Rick Gilmore, BBID General Manager. “It is crucial that water continues to flow unabated to our customers and our communities. Our best estimates have the future damages in the millions in terms of crop damage, job loss to farmers, packers and ranchers, and a completely unknown domino effect that will impact that region for years to come.”
“Farmers are, by nature, stewards of natural resources,” added Gilmore. “In California in particular, farmers have been producing more while using less in the way of water and other natural resources for decades. In truth, farmers are some of the best defenders of natural resources here in California, not a group to be punished.”

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Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) is a multi-county special district serving parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties. The District serves a total area of 47 miles and 30,000 acres. For more information visit www.bbid.org.