'Dangerous' fire on Bradford Island in Contra Costa County forces evacuations

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ByWayne Freedman
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
'Dangerous' fire on Contra Costa Co. island burns 2 structures
A "dangerous" wind-driven fire on Bradford Island in Contra Costa County forced evacuations and burned at least two structures on Monday.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. -- A brush fire burning Monday morning on the peat wetlands of Bradford Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has charred 212 acres and prompted some evacuations.

The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. on the 2,100-acre island, according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. As of 5 a.m. the fire had burned 212 acres and two structures, but no injuries were reported.

An estimated 15-25 people live on the island and the fire district helped three people evacuate, said Fire Marshal Steve Aubert.

The remaining residents have decided to stay and fight the fire on their own, he said.

The island is outside any fire district's jurisdiction and fire officials are letting the blaze burn since it's surrounded by water on all sides. Firefighters will respond in life-threatening cases, Aubert said.

The island is a reclaimed peat wetland that's only accessible by boat. In July 2010, a fire burned or smoldered for nearly a week on the island.

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