Over the past few days, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District has responded to two large vegetation fires which burned approximately a 125 acres combined. Here is a rundown from the District:
Knightsen – Holland Tract
On July 4, the District responded to this fire at approximately 5:00 pm at Holland Tract Road at Tranquility Bay Road. While responding, the District received reports of people shooting of guns and fireworks. Upon arrival, the fire was estimated at 2 acres.
According to Battalion 5, the fire grew to 75 acres with damages to 1 tractor, irrigation pipe and dock casement. Estimated loss was $100k. Cause of the fire was undetermined.
On July 5, firefighters returned to this fire where another 44-acres burned and with the assistance of a CONFIRE Dozer and airdrops from East Bay Regional parks helicopter Eagle6, the fire was out. No injuries were reported on either day.
Byron – Vasco Road & Camino Diablo
On July 6, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire at Vasco Road and Camino Diablo which was sending a cloud of some across Vasco Road. Upon arrival, the fire was reported to be approximately 3-acres on fire. In total, the fire burned 16-acres and they were able to protect nearby structures.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.