Contra Costa County, California – Firefighters from Contra Costa County were not rewarded for their continuous efforts throughout the year and were not allowed to enjoy just a little and be spared from interventions as much as possible for Independence Day since, despite all the warnings and appeals made to the public not to use fireworks, they had their hands full of work Monday responding to dozens of vegetation fires, many of them caused by illegal fireworks.
Con Fire has responded to 11 fires in the 9 o'clock hour including 3 known to have been caused by fireworks and another 6 where they could not be ruled out. Con Fire currently on-scene nine simultaneous fires. Report all fires immediately to 911. #cccsafe4th pic.twitter.com/Gnf8hrEhv7
— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 5, 2022
According to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, firefighters were battling 11 fire incidents in the 9 p.m. hour alone. Of those 11, 3 fires were determined to have been caused by illegal fireworks, and the rest of the fires were suspected to have also been caused by illegal fireworks. However, specific information about the causes of the remaining fires was not provided by fire authorities pending an investigation.
By 10 p.m., fire crews had responded to 11 grass and external fires affecting trees, fences, yards, and parks. Two of these fires were confirmed to be caused by fireworks, with the remaining fires, according to the words of the Con Fire, probably caused by fireworks.
At 11:20 p.m., Con Fire was working to extinguish seven different fires across the county.
There is no information on whether any injuries were recorded during these fire incidents.