At roughly 3:12 pm Monday afternoon, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to a reported vegetation fire off Concord Avenue and Vineyard Parkway in Brentwood. The fire quickly spread and burned 247 acres before being contained by 5:30 pm.
As of Tuesday morning, crews were still on scene checking for hot spots.
Upon arrival, Engine 352 found just thee (3) acres of grass burning. Crews quickly worked to surround it, but access made it difficult. Crews conducted an attack, but were unable to stop the back burn and reinforcements were called in.
The incident required a total of 75-firefighters with multiple vehicles including aircrafts and bulldozers working fields to protect homes. One firefighter from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District sustained a first degree burn while fighting the fire, however, no injuries to our District or civilians.
While the fire threatened homes in the Deer Ridge area running into a few backyards, no structures were lost or damaged.
According to the incident report, the probable cause came from a tractor mower.
It should be noted that prior to this fire beginning, crews battled a 4:30 am fire in Oakley which required crews on scene for just over 3-hours. Engines 93 and 94 were also called to a vegetation fire on E. Cypress Way and were working that fire when the Brentwood blaze broke out. 93 left E. Cypress to assist with the Brentwood Incident. While the 247-acre blaze was occurring, it depleted our resources so much so, that a residential fire in Brentwood had the second incoming engine dispatched all the way from Concord—thankfully it was a false alarm.
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