Entire town of Port Costa under evacuation warning as fire rages

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

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 urges residents to immediately prepare for the possibility of a mandatory evacuation warning, but none have been ordered yet.

“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 says. “If you require additional time to evacuate, you should leave now.”

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

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

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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