Chief Henderson: Morgan Territory Fire Pushing 3,000 Acres


At 5:55 am, we were provided an updated from East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Chief Hugh Henderson who shared that the fire is now pushing 3,000 acres. So far, the fire has burned 2,800 acres with 20% containment.

At 7:00 am, more information will be made available with another update coming at 8:00 am. He pointed out the district currently has 17 personnel, five engines, four water tenders, and two Battalion Chiefs committed. The District has backfilled all five stations with personnel.

There will be 15-more strike teams coming in today which will add another 100 firefighters. A total of 500 firefighters are expected to be on the fire by today.

Update from 1:00 am

Morgan Territory—On Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 1:08PM, firefighters responded to the Morgan Fire, located off of Morgan Territory Road, east of the City of Clayton.

The fire is burning in State Responsibility Area in and adjacent to the North Peak area of the Mt. Diablo State Park.  The fire has burned approximately 1000 acres and is 10% contained.  One remote outbuilding has been impacted by the fire.  One minor injury to a firefighter has been reported.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

There are currently 250 personnel assigned, including 41 engines, 4 firefighting Hand Crews, 5 Air Tankers, 4 helicopters, 2 bulldozers and the East Bay Incident Management Team.

Residents have been advised to evacuate from the following areas:

  • Curry Lane
  • Curry Canyon
  • Curry Point
  • East Trail Road
  • Lower Trail Road
  • Oak Hill Lane
  • Russelman Park Road
  • Trail Ride Road
  • Upper Trail Road

An evacuation center has been set up at the Clayton Community Library located at 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton.

The following road closures are in effect:

(Open to local residents only, with photo identification)

  • Marsh Creek Road is closed from Camino Diablo to Regency Road in Clayton.
  • Morgan Territory Road is closed from Marsh Creek Road to Highland Road (Alameda County)

A Cal Fire Type I Incident Management Team has been ordered.  Team 4 is scheduled to take command of the fire at 6PM on Monday, September 9, 2013.

Persons needing to evacuate large animals may take them to the Heather Farms Equestrian Center in Walnut Creek.  For more information, please visit: or call 925-939-2929.

The next update will be at 7AM on Monday, September 9th.

The following Photographs have been submitted by:, Michael Amorosa, Judy Pence, Brian Erin Proosow, Patti James, Kristy Daugherty, Glen Davies, Angie Cariaso, and Dorothy Fillipowicz Dec



  1. This is getting out of control, I pray for all the firefighters on the line and hope no one gets injured. Wake up East County, we don’t have enough firefighters.

    • I can’t wait for all the idiots and naysayers to chime in that we don’t need a fire tax. The overtime bill for this fire is going to be HUGE. Its going to put a dent in our budget. And God help us if we get a large incident going in ECCFP area. Resources are very very slim.

  2. Hope everything gets under control, praying for the firefighters and homes in that area.

  3. JIm,”this is getting out of control” this morning at 7am. Well, it has been out of control since a little over 1 hour after it started yesterday. That decision not to call in extra firefighters was a huge mistake and the one making that decision should be fired and billed for all the costs.

    • Julio, have you read an incident report that the rest of us have not had the luxury of viewing?

      Otherwise it would appear you are making judgement calls based on news headlines. Maybe getting all the facts before grabbing the rope and starting the search for a tall tree would be the more prudent move?

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