3 Bay Area wildfires burning near Pleasanton, Vacaville, Port Costa

Three sizable wildfires spread in the Bay Area Thursday afternoon, driven by winds and high temperatures.

A wildfire in the hills between Pleasanton and Sunol is sending up a large plume of smoke visible around Alameda County. The Canyon Fire began around 1:30 p.m. and is burning near Kilkare Road in Sunol, the Alameda County Fire Department said. According to helicopter footage and Alameda County dispatch, at least one structure caught fire on Parkway. Mandatory evacuation orders for the Kilkare Road area and Golden Eagle Estates are in effect; a map with exact evacuation details can be found here.

Firefighters have been hiking into the location of the fire, which is burning amid dry grass and oak trees in difficult terrain. The fire moved quickly, and temperatures in the area were in the 90s today. Initial crews on the scene reported seeing “extreme fire behavior.” As of 4:30 p.m., Cal Fire officials said forward progress on the blaze had slowed and the fire was holding at 65 acres.

In other parts of the Bay Area, two more wildfires are burning. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the Scenic Fire started near the Bull Valley Staging Area in Port Costa in Contra Costa County. According to the Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department, the blaze was showing “aggressive fire behavior.”

“Multi alarm vegetation fire in Port Costa with immediate threat to homes. Residents of Port Costa should prepare to evacuate,” the fire department tweeted. “Please leave and follow all orders of law enforcement and fire personnel.” A map of neighborhoods under the evacuation warning can be found here. As of 4:30 p.m., it’s burned 20 acres and its rate of spread is slowing, according to the fire department.

There is no threat to the town of Crockett, although fire officials are asking residents to avoid driving on Crockett Scenic Drive. 

A wildfire burns near Port Costa on June 23, 2022.

A wildfire burns near Port Costa on June 23, 2022.


The Timm Fire near Interstate 505 in Vacaville burned 39 acres but has reached 35% containment as of 4 p.m. “Forward progress has been stopped. Firefighters will be in the area for the next few hours working on containment and putting out hot spots,” Cal Fire said in a statement.

You can keep tabs on all wildfires via live cameras here.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information is available.

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