Entire town of Port Costa under evacuation warning as fire rages

PORT COSTA — The entire town of Port Costa was placed under an evacuation warning Thursday afternoon, due to a growing brush fire in the hills above the Carquinez Strait.

The Crockett Carquinez Fire Department reported a little after 3:30 p.m. that the fire had grown to 20 acres and that firefighters were on the scene.

The Crockett fire department issued a warning for the entire town of roughly 250 residents to be ready to leave if need be. The warning urged residents to immediately prepare for the possibility of a mandatory evacuation warning, but none had been ordered as of about 4 p.m.

“Gather any important items you could carry with you, including medications, baby supplies, money, important papers, and photos. Locate any pets or animals and be prepared to cage or leash them,” the warning said. “If you require additional time to evacuate, you should leave now.”

Steve Trotter, the department’s public information officer, said that multiple units, as well as air support, were battling the fire. It was zero percent contained as of 4 p.m., but Trotter said fire crews were “confident” they’ll be able to save the town.

“We’re confident, but it’s obviously still a threat,” Trotter said. “The area has a lot of heavily grown grass and vegetation.”

The weather alongside the Carquinez Strait shoreline was being reported in the mid-80s with gusts of wind up to 20 miles per hour on Thursday afternoon.

Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputies were on scene to assist in case an evacuation order was issued, Trotter said.

Check back for updates.

Update: Fire crews continue to engage the 20 acre vegetation fire in Port Costa. The town of Port Costa is on standby for evacuation. They should be prepared to evacuate and are welcome to leave if they feel unsafe. #phoenixIC

— CrockettCarquinezFire (@FireCrockett) June 23, 2022

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