Updated: 4-Alarm Vegetation Fire Burns 300 Acres in Concord


At 3:42 pm, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire on Ygnacio Valley Road at Cowell Rd in the City of Concord.

By 3:54 pm, a second alarm wildland fire response was requested along with CALFIRE resources.

Firefighters also requested Ygnacio Valley Road to be shut down as the fire was close to the roadway.

4:01 pm Update:
CONFIRE has requested a 3rd alarm for structure protection on S. Montecito Drive as well as police were working on evacuations.

4:34 pm Update
Fire listed at 100 acres per CONFIRE. Now 4th alarm response.

4:40 pm Update
CONFIRE requested 2 additional strike teams to response either in county or out of county.

4:57 pm Update
Fire now at 150 acres.

5:02 pm ALERT Issued by the County:

Immediate Evacuation in Concord near Montecito drive and Crystal Ranch Drive due to fire.

This is a message from Contra Costa Fire Department. Due to fire an immediate evacuation has been ordered for Montecito and Crystal Ranch neighborhoods in Concord.

Leave now by car. Avoid Ygnacio Valley Road going towards Walnut Creek. Take only those essential items you have ready and can carry with you. Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash. Lock your windows and doors as you leave. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location. However, if you are physically unable to leave your home unassisted, call 9 1 1 for help.

5:33 pm Update
CONFIRE reporting 175 acres with 50% containment at this time. Potential of 200+ acres. All resources is committed.

6:20 pm Update
CONFIRE reporting 200 acres with 50% containment.

Final Update
All evacuation orders have been lifted and all roads are now open. The fire burned more than 300 acres.

CONFIRE received assistance from many departments including: CALFIRE and strike teams, Solano and Alameda County, East Bay Regional Park District, Concord Police Department and Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department.

The fire is believed to have started from a grass fire after a vehicle was backfiring.


  1. So proud of you, and grateful, that you owned thefire in Concord! Way to go Firefighters!

  2. This fire was started by some imbecile driving a car which was backfiring! Why hasn’t this driver been found? He was seen turning into one of the roads leading to the Crystal Ranch area! He should be found and made to pay every penny that this fire has cost the taxpayer!

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