Multiple firefighters from Contra Costa County Fire have been battling a fire in the City of Pittsburg, but the blaze has not been extinguished. The fire was brought under control on Friday, but as of Saturday afternoon, it continued to throw a significant amount of drift smoke toward the cities of Antioch and Oakley. According to authorities, the fire started in May 2022.
At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, Contra Costa County Fire issued a call for numerous units to report to Nantucket Drive, which is located off Willow Pass Road. They have also asked for air support to prevent the fire from spreading to the NRG Plant, which they are trying to protect from its effects. Additionally, crews were working to salvage some of the walking decks that were located in the region.
“Con Fire monitoring long-smoldering fire in the Pittsburg marsh area waterfront, which tonight is again giving off smoke. Fire is in an inaccessible & uninhabited area. No structures are threatened as it burns themselves out. Please do not call 911 for this fire.”
Contra Costa County Fire.
Con Fire monitoring a long-smoldering fire in the Pittsburg marsh area waterfront, which tonight is again giving off smoke. Fire is in an inaccessible & uninhabited area. No structures are threatened as it burns themselves out. Please do not call 911 for this fire. #pittmarshfire pic.twitter.com/kyNsFnrr0b
— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 9, 2022
Where is Oakley, California, Located In Contra Costa County?
Oakley, California, is a city in Contra Costa County. It is located inside the San Francisco Bay Area’s nine counties. The population was 43,357 as of the United States Census in 2020. Oakley is the newest city in Contra Costa County, having only been incorporated in 1999.
The suffix “-ley” originates from the Old English word for “field” or “meadow,” while the term “oak” is derived from the prevalence of oak trees. Oakley means “meadow of oak trees” in Old English, where it was first used. This is a rather accurate depiction of the area when it was initially colonized and, to a lesser extent, now as well. However, the town might have been called Dewey if not for a coin toss and a cribbage board.
Founder Randolph Marsh considered naming the city Dewey in honor of Admiral Dewey for the latter’s victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. The landscape was primarily composed of meadows and oak trees, thus his friend J.T. Whitman liked the name “Oakley-” Wikipedia
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