Dead Tree Falls on 500 Gallon Propane Tank on Marsh Creek Road

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The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and CALFIRE are working an incident in 12,000 block of Marsh Creek Rd in Clayton that has displaced at least 5-people Monday morning.

The incident began around 6:30 am Monday according to Battalion Chief Ross Macumber where he said AmeriGas was called to the scene where a dead tree blew over and fell on a nearly full 500-gallon propane tank.

Macumber says the tank was knocked over and began leaking. By 7:30 am, CALFIRE was called to the scene after Amerigas could not stop the leak.

“The tank got knocked over and is leaking so the course of action is to let the tank leak itself off over the next several hours,” said Macumber who added they evacuated multiple homes and others in the area have been asked to shelter in place.

Macumber said the incident is isolated and there is no other threat to the public, however, folks driving on Marsh Creek Road may smell propane gas for the next several hours.

The American Red Cross was also requested to the scene.

CALFIRE will remain on scene until the tank is empty which could take as long as 5-hours. The incident is not impacting traffic on Marsh Creek Road.



  1. Didn’t a dead tree fall on a doctor as she was driving on 680 almost a year ago? Luckily, this time it did not strike any human. Dead trees are easy to identify and remove.

  2. What is eccfpd doing in Clayton? Can’t con fire take care of them? Closer isn’t it??

    • The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) is a rural funded fire district that protects approximately 249 square miles and over 115,000 residents. The district provides firefighting personnel and emergency medical services (basic life support) to the residents and businesses of the City of Brentwood, and Oakley, and to the Township of Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek, and Morgan Territory.

      • I know that. But again, why can’t the lines change a bit? No real reason that eccfpd should be in Clayton.

  3. ECCFPD, has a station on Marsh Creek Road. It is the Cal Fire Station that has access to all of Cal Fire resources. An extremely cost effective decision. The Marsh Creek Station is under contract after finding it was less expensive and just as effective than a duplicated ECCFPD station that use to be located at the Jail. Also ECCFPD must show some reciprocal moves to get return responses from Con Fire.

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