On Saturday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced that flooding on the Marsh IC incident in the City of Pittsburg and Bay Point has ended.
The flooding occurred for 7-days with help of the Contra Costa Water District and the property owner where they put some 200 million gallons of water on the peat fire– flooding occurred at 20,000 gallons per minute. As of today, no apparent hot spots or smoke remains.
The District will continue to monitor for flareups.
The fire began back on May 28 as a result of a homeless encampment near Suisun and Solano Avenues in Bay Point. It then flared up on July 9 and on July 11.
It also caused several days of poor air quality including the Contra Costa Health Services to issue an air quality alert. On Saturday. Contra Costa Health has lifted its July 14 health advisory regarding poor air quality in Pittsburg and surrounding communities of City of Antioch, City of Brentwood and City of Oakley.
JULY 12 UPDATE
Stubborn Peat Fire In Largely Inaccessible Areas of Bay Point and Pittsburg Producing Significant Smoke; Fire Contained, No Threat to Structures
CONCORD, CALIF. – Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) today announced details regarding a peat fire that has been burning since May 28 in the waterfront areas of Bay Point and Pittsburg.
- The original fire began the early afternoon of May 28 in a homeless encampment near Suisun and Solano Avenues in Bay Point that burned to approximately 200 acres. The homeless encampment was completely consumed by the fire. No injuries were reported
- The May 28 fire occurred in a largely inaccessible area with no structures or inhabitants and created a lingering and stubborn fire that has burned in the marsh since that date. The fire burned into large amounts of peat in the area throughout the ensuing six weeks, consuming additional vegetation and intermittently producing noticeable smoke, depending on weather conditions, but still threatening no structures or lives
- On Saturday, July 9, driven by wind, the peat fire flared up extending into adjacent grassy areas of Pittsburg, threatening overhead high-voltage PG&E transmission lines and nearby decommissioned industrial sites.
- In spite of high winds at the scene, an overwhelming response from Con Fire, aided by Cal Fire, resulted in the fire being contained before it could extend into neighboring homes.
- Con Fire requested mutual aid from Cal Fire for water-dropping helicopters. Due to the threat to PG&E infrastructure, this request was granted
- Before it was contained, the fire consumed an additional 74 acres, bringing the total area consumed by the fires to approximately 500 acres. As of July 11, the Marsh Fire is contained and continues to smolder in inaccessible areas of the Bay Point and Pittsburg waterfront
- Peat fires are notoriously stubborn, can be virtually impossible to extinguish, and are often left, for lack of alternatives, to burn themselves out.
- Today, the remaining peat fire is producing significant smoke but presenting little fire danger to the surrounding area. It is NOT threatening structures; no evacuations are anticipated, as a result. The Fire has consumed most of the fuel adjacent to the community, increasing the margin of safety that would otherwise present a fire risk
- The property owner has been cooperative, hiring contractors to mow and disk hundreds of acres to eliminate hazardous fuels
- PG&E also provided resources to support the operation in the form of infrastructure protection teams and a large water-dropping helicopter
- We share resident concerns regarding the smoke and are aggressively pursuing additional remedies for the situation with city and county officials, other jurisdictions, the property owner, and multiple regulatory agencies, in an attempt to mitigate the situation as soon as possible
- Con Fire continues to monitor the fire scene and is prepared to immediately address any flare ups that may occur.
- We have coordinated with Contra Costa Health Services to monitor air quality in the fire area and, as a result, CCHS issued a health advisory late on July 11.
- For information on protecting yourself and your family from smoke, please visit cchealth.org/wildfire-smoke/
About Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) – With annexation of the former East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) in July, 2022, Con Fire now provides fire and emergency medical services to more than 750,000 residents in 22 cities and unincorporated areas across our expanded 553 square-mile jurisdiction. Annexation resulted in absorption of the resources and people of the former ECCFPD, adding 294 square miles of service area. The District now comprises 30 fire stations and nearly 500 employees. Through our unique ambulance Alliance, the District delivers EMS and ambulance transport services to much of Contra Costa County. In 2021, the District responded to some 83,000 incidents of all types, including nearly 43,000 fire and EMS emergencies, and dispatched 100,000 ambulances, conducting more than 75,000 ambulance transports. Con Fire remains dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment.
During the incident, Contra Costa County Fire reminded the public that drones are not allowed to be flown during an active incident over the fire.
Con Fire had requested all drones to be grounded immediately, within a 5 mile radius, of the Marsh Incident near 700 block of Willow Pass Road. Helicopters will be flying to assist with firefighting operations.
- Contra Costa Fire Provides Update to Pittsburg Marsh Fire and Smoke Situation
- Note – nearby communities include City of Antioch and City of Oakley and portions of City of Brentwood
- Pittsburg Residents Urged to Stay Inside and Limit Outdoor Activity Due to Poor Air Quality (original notice)