Wildland Fire Training Near Pinole on Thursday June 26 and Friday June 27, 2019

 Wildland Firefighters from local agencies will be conducting live-fire training in a remote portion of East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Pinole Valley Watershed on Thursday, June 27 and Friday June 28th.

 If conditions are favorable Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, CAL FIRE, Contra Costa County Fire and others will be burning plots of grass in Simas Valley adjacent to Alhambra Valley Road between Castro Ranch Road and Bear Creek Road. The training area is also adjacent to the Bay Area Ridge Trail’s on “Sludge Road”. The trail will remain open but hikers are requested to watch for Firefighters and equipment moving in the area.  The exercise fires are set up within control lines and executed according to a strict “go, no go” checklist.

 Residents in the Carriage Hills and Refugio Valley Neighbors may see or smell smoke in the area. Closing exterior doors and windows during the training will help to keep smoke from entering homes. The exercise is being coordinated with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to ensure the size and timing of the fires will minimize smoke impacts on homes and smoke-sensitive sites. If smoke becomes an issue the fire will be extinguished and exercise postponed until more favorable conditions exist.

 We will continue to keep residents up to date via Social Media including Nextdoor of any changes to the training plan. Signs cautioning motorists and bicycles of the additional fire traffic and potential for reduced visibility along the roadway will be posted in in the area.

 For additional information contact: EBMUD Watershed Ranger Supervisor- Charles Beckman at charles.beckman@ebmud.com or call the special Fire Training Information line at 925-967-4636.