Marsh Fire near Clayton 75% contained, evacuations still in place

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A grass fire burning just outside Clayton is now 75 percent contained, according to the Thursday morning update from Cal Fire.

The Marsh Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon, quickly spreading amid dry, windy conditions.

Amid 104-degree weather, flames tore through the East Bay backwoods, burning down one home and threatening about 100 others. Three outbuildings are also destroyed. 

Around 7:00 a.m. this morning officials reported the fire is now 247 acres, but containment is up to 60 percent.

These evacuation order are still in effect:

  • Marsh Creek Springs near Leon Drive and Morgan Territory Road

  • Marsh Creek Road between Dear Valley Road and Morgan Territory Road

Residents in the area are advised to go by way of Morgan Territory Road towards Clayton, or Dear Valley Road towards Brentwood. 

Evacuees are asked to only take essential items ready that can be carried. 

All pets must be in a carrier or on a leash, and remember to lock your windows and doors as you leave. 

If you are physically unable to leave your home unassisted, call 911.

An evacuation center has been opened at the Clayton Meeting Hall at 6125 Clayton Road next to the library. 

For non-emergencies, call 211.

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