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ConFire: Fireworks Caused June 17 Fire That Prompted Evacuations

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Investigators are looking for whoever’s responsible for setting off fireworks that caused a four-alarm Pittsburg grass fire June 17 that forced 2,200 residents to evacuate while threatening 100 homes.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said Wednesday investigators determined it was fireworks that started the early morning fire in the open space south of Jacqueline Drive.

First reported at 2 a.m., the blaze prompted a four-alarm response from both Con Fire and Cal Fire, with more than 100 firefighters and support personnel dispatched to the scene. Structure protection crews were required to protect numerous homes.

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The fire burned 121 acres by the time firefighters knocked it down at 6 a.m.

Officials said winds up to 30 miles per hour, along with extremely dry vegetation, quickly fed the fire. No injuries were reported.

Con Fire officials said the mandatory evacuation executed by Pittsburg Police and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, was Con Fire’s first significant use of the new Zonehaven digital evacuation tool (county residents can find out more by going to www.cwsalerts.com and clicking on the “Know Your Zone” tab at the top of the page).

Con Fire stresses the danger of fireworks and the value of homeowners preparing their properties with weed abatement and defensible space creation.

11 comments

Bella June 22, 2022 - 3:57 PM

No surprise and very concerning.

Martinezmike June 22, 2022 - 5:04 PM

Early Juneteenth celebrating?

CJRN June 22, 2022 - 5:56 PM

That evening, I was driving back to Walnut Creek from Brentwood, right after the Warriors game. There were multiple fireworks that I saw in the Antioch and Pittsburg area.
Possibly a Warriors win celebration

WC June 22, 2022 - 7:17 PM

No one responds to fireworks unless they start a fire. Next time call and see.

ManBearPig June 22, 2022 - 7:40 PM

Where’s the libbies demanding micro stamping all fireworks and requiring liability insurance for purchasers?

The Fearless Spectator June 22, 2022 - 7:56 PM

This reminds me of a Bill Cosby routine where he talks about pranks in wood shop class,”You know, if you a put a bullet in the furnace, it’ll explode”.

The same brilliant minds are working with fireworks.

Ricardoh June 22, 2022 - 8:01 PM

Keep your fireworks out of the hands of your children or grow up yourself.

Concernicus June 22, 2022 - 8:58 PM

Fireworks just got set off in downtown Concord.

It begins.

WC Resident June 22, 2022 - 9:29 PM

Did anyone else get an emergency alert on their phone from the CHP about this? I got one on 06/17/2022 at 3:19 in the morning with “Severe Alert – Immediate evacuation in PITTSBURG due to FIRE.”

I’ve wondered at times if I could better define the area for alerts that are sent to me.

Parent June 22, 2022 - 10:52 PM

So we should ban all fireworks because an illegal firework celebration started a fire.

Ok, with that logic;

We should ban all motorized wheeled transportation because of the idiot who drive their car into the crowd/building etc.

We should ban all helicopters because of the recent crash on the East Coast that killed 7.

We should ban all money, because we have seen want money does to people who have too much and too little.

We should ban all politicians because Newscum, Kamala and many others are bad.

Or maybe ..MAYBE we should hold people accountable for their actions and not ban everything because SOME people are stupid/evil/dumb. Let the guy blow off his fingers cause he held the firework that exploded … bet you his friends won’t do it again. Punish the individual who started the fire, have them pay restitution and if they can’t, attach their wages and perform community service until such time that the cost has been recuperated. Weed wack the hill … wash the fire engine … roll hose …

sam malone June 23, 2022 - 7:27 AM

We can track guns being shot off then why can’t we track the origin of fireworks being set off.

The homeowner or whomever is setting them off should pay all resitution for the damage they cause no matter what their lame excuse is. Pay it in full no matter how long it takes or do hard core jail time. Period. IMHO

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