Morgan Fire Updates from Save Mount Diablo


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This information is from the Save Mount Diablo website

Updated: Sep 9, 2013 4:44pm

Park Status: Mt. Diablo State Park is closed until further notice to ALL USERS due to the Morgan Fire burning on park lands.

Around 1:08 pm on Sunday, a fire was reported in Morgan Territory, reportedly near the intersection of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek Road. The fire spread up Perkins Canyon onto North Peak, across the Bowmen and Save Mount Diablo Viera-North Peak properties. It has become known as the “Morgan Fire.”

Fire crews reportedly started back fires on North Peak around the telecommunications towers and on Prospectors Gap Fire Road. Overnight the fire spread up through Ginochio ranch lands and to just below the south side of the summit, to the Mary Bowerman Trail and the Summit Building, which is so far unaffected.

High temperatures, low humidity, offshore winds as well as steep slopes are hampering crews in containing the fire. The area is in steep inaccessible terrain that has not burned in recent history. The live fuel moistures are at or near critical level. Evacuations are in progress.

The fire has affected 3,718 acres and is not expected to be contained for another 4-5 days.100 structures are threatened by the fire including our neighbors at Oak Hill Lane. The Oak Hill, Curry Canyon, and Russelmann Park-Trail Ride areas have been evacuated although residents are being allowed to move back and forth from their homes with photo I.D.

As of September 9, 2013 11:30 am

Total Fire Personnel:

705

Total Fire Engines:

85

Total Fire crews:

30

Total Airtankers:

2

Total Helicopters:

3

Total Dozers:

11

Total Water Tenders:

6

For up-to-date information on the Morgan Fire visit:

Cal Fire Website

Claycord

Contra Costa Times

A map of the fire location can be seen on the Cal Fire Blog

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How You Can Help

Fortunetly, representatives from the Red Cross say they are not in need of food or water.

Several of the Save Mount Diablo properties have been affected by the fire and will need stewardship. These unexpected repairs will require both time and money.

Click here to donate.

Your donation will protect, connect and steward the lands on and around Mount Diablo. Protecting wildlife corridors is crucial – especially in times of fire, so animals can move to safer ground.

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About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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