Fires in remote east Alameda and Contra Costa counties prompt evacuations

Residents in remote areas of Alameda and Contra Costa counties were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday morning as firefighers battle a series of lightning-sparked brush fires — one east of Mt. Diablo and the other sout of Sunol.

Alameda County sheriff’s deputies evacuated residents on Welch Creek Road near Sunol, about 10 miles south of Pleasonton, on Sunday night, as fire crews respond to three vegetation flare-ups dubbed the Marsh Creek Complex Fire.

The fires, which were burning in the area of Calaveras Road and Welch Creek Road, had spread to about 850 acres and were 0% contained Sunday night. About 10 homes were impacted by the county’s evacuation order. There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or members of the community.

In Contra Costa County, sheriff’s deputies evacuated residents along Marsh Creek and Morgan Territory roads southeast of Brentwood and north of Livermore, as a cluster of fires broke out Sunday night. Fire officials said the Deer Zone Fires was at least 400 acres Sunday night.

All of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek roads from Round Valley north west to Deer Valley were ordered to evacuate. Evacuees were told to go to the Community Center in Brentwood at 34 Oak St or the the Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Rd.

Other significant fires broke out around the region after a wild weather night. In Monterey County, a rapidly growing fire east of Salinas had reached 2,000 acres Sunday night and was threatening 30 structures, with evacuations in place.

Megan Cassidy is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @meganrcassidy

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