Two separate grass fires touched off in Lafayette early Wednesday with firefighters quickly gaining the upper hand on one at Saint Mary’s Road but finding themselves in an extended fight against a blaze on Deer Hill Road.
The larger of the two fires, reported at 4:10 a.m. at 3320 Deer Hill Road and burning the rolling hills between Elizabeth St. and Pleasant Hill Rd. burned for more than hours and consumed about eight acres of grassland before Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were able to gain the upper hand.
One home was briefly threatened until firefighters assumed a structure protection posture and were able to knock down the flames. No other structure was seriously threatened. Firefighters waited until daylight before moving in to look for a source of the fire.
By 8 a.m., no cause had been determined and investigators were not ready to declare the blaze of suspicious origin.
Temperatures were already pushing 70 degrees as more firefighting equipment was funneled into the area. Nervous homeowners called and emailed this site and police and fire dispatchers through the morning wondering if they were in the fire’s path.