Illegal fireworks caused Pittsburg grass fire that nearly burned homes

PITTSBURG — The use of illegal fireworks caused a grass fire that came close to burning about 100 homes in Pittsburg last week, officials with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said Wednesday.

The blaze June 17 burned 122 acres and forced approximately 2,200 evacuations in the area. Nobody was injured, and no houses were damaged.

Investigators determined the fire originated in open space south of Jacqueline Drive, because people were using fireworks, according to a statement from fire spokesman Steve Hill. It was first reported about 2 a.m.

ConFire officials planned to discuss the findings later Wednesday morning.

The fire burned to the northeast, northwest, and south, threatening homes on Jacqueline and Daffodil drives and Serrano Way, Hill said. It was fueled by hot and dry conditions, and 30 mph winds.

Cal Fire crews also fought the blaze, while Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office deputies and Pittsburg police helped with evacuations. Contra Costa County’s new digital evacuation system sent out messages ordering residents in the area of north of Jacqueline Drive, south of West Leland Road, east of Bailey Road and west of San Remo Way to get out.

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Many residents evacuated before authorities knocked on their doors, Hill said.

The amount of defensible space created by people in the neighborhood who cut back their weeds also helped to save the homes, fire officials said.

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