Thursday, October 6, 2022

What to know: Wildfires burning in or near Sunol, Benicia, Vacaville, Port Costa, San Mateo County

SUNOL, Calif. (KGO) — If you saw thick smoke in the sky Thursday afternoon, you’re not alone. ABC7 News is tracking the Scenic Fire, the Canyon Fire, the Benicia Fire, the Timm Fire and the Edgewood Fire. Here’s what we know about several wildfires burning in or near Port Costa, Crockett, Sunol, Pleasanton, Benicia, Vacaville and San Mateo County.

Scenic Fire

Authorities in the East Bay have given an “all clear” for Port Costa after a fast-moving 108-acre wildfire burned dangerously close to homes.

All evacuation orders have been lifted and firefighters will remain at the scene through the night to continue to work towards full containment. The fire is 50% contained.

According to CAL FIRE, during the height of the fire aircraft on scene were reporting “erratic behavior.”

Go here for the latest on the Scenic Fire in Port Costa.

Canyon Fire

Officials say forward progress has been stopped on a 71-acre wildfire burning near Sunol and Pleasanton. The blaze, which is 10% contained, is burning on the ridge between Fremont and Pleasanton, according to fire officials.

In an interview with ABC7 News, a CAL FIRE official said there’s a threat to transmission lines.

All evacuation orders for Kilkare Rd. in Sunol and Golden Eagle Estates in Pleasanton have been lifted.

CAL FIRE says crews will remain on stage through the night to continue to work towards full containment.

Go here for the latest on the Canyon Fire in Sunol.

Benicia Fire

Forward progress has been stopped on this fire burning near the Valero Refinery.

The Benicia Police Department tweeted the following: “Our Public Safety Dispatchers are getting an overwhelming reports of the grass fire on Corte Dorado near the Valero refinery. We are aware and @BeniciaFire is on scene. Please follow @BeniciaFire for the latest updates on the situation.”

The City of Benicia tweeted“Due to wildfire smoke, people in sensitive groups such as those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children, and pregnant women should limit prolonged outdoor activities. Consider keeping doors and windows closed. If cooling is needed, turn to re- circulate mode.”

Timm Fire

This fire burning near Vacaville.

According to CAL FIRE, the blaze was originally 39 acres but has since been downsized to 26 acres, and is 80% contained. Forward progress has been stopped. Firefighters will be in the area for the next few hours working on containment and putting out hot spots.

Edgewood Fire

CAL FIRE says the 20-acre Edgewood Fire burning in San Mateo County is now 95% contained. All evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings on the six-alarm fire.

PG&E has filed an incident report with the California Public Utilities commission out of an abundance of caution due to numerous media inquiries following this fire.

According to an incident report filed by PG&E with the California Public Utilities Commission, CAL FIRE collected PG&E equipment from the Emerald Lake Distribution Circuit in the vicinity of the Edgewood Fire.

The report says the equipment was collected about a half-mile away from where the fire initially started.

When we reached out to PG&E, the spokesperson did not directly comment on the incident report saying in part the fire cause is still under investigation.

Go here for the latest on the Edgewood Fire.

Tesla Fire

CAL FIRE says crews are responding to a vegetation fire that broke out in the area of ​​Tesla Road and Corral Hollow Road in a remote area of ​​Alameda County 11 miles southeast of Livermore.

Officials say the fire is now about 300 acres with 10% containment.

Firefighters will remain on scene through Thursday night as they work towards full containment.

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This story will be updated as firefighters get blazes under control or new fires break out. Check back for updates.

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