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Firefighters Battle Vegetation Fire off Somersville Road in Antioch

by CC News
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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a vegetation fire off Somersville Road in the City of Antioch.

The fire broke out just before 3:00 am Saturday in the area of Somersville Road near James Donlon in an open field.

According to CONFIRE, Containment occurred within 42 minutes thanks to the coordination with CALFIRE for increased staffing by prepositioning specialized resources during the red flag.

The total acreage on the fire was not provided.

Crew 12 Making Impact

In May, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Contra Costa Fire) announced the grand opening of the Byron Wildland Fire Training Center (BWFTC) in Byron.

The new training center serves as another base for Crew 12. Crew 12 was a program started in Spring of 2020 and consists of one captain and 12 wildland firefighters. Contra Costa Fire deploys two crews during wildland fire season.

Their primary responsibilities during a wildland fire are to create firelines, defensible space, and mop-up with hand tools, saws and firing devices.

This strategic positioning in Byron for Crew 12 will enable the hand crew to respond quickly to wildland fires in the eastern portion of Contra Costa County. The BWFTC will serve as an additional training center. Given the multiple buildings and acres around it, a multitude of wildland classes and manipulative skills are now possible within the borders of the fire district.

Being based in Byron, it reduces their on scene time significantly to fires in Brentwood, Antioch, Oakley and most of the unincorporated areas of the eastern portion of the county–prior it was not uncommon to have a response time of 30 minutes or more from Station 12 in Martinez.

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