UPDATE: Dublin Fire Caused By Smoke Grenade at Camp Parks

Twenty summer school students and two residences were evacuated due to 170-acre blaze in Dublin.

DUBLIN, CA:  Kari Hulac/Patch: An Alameda County Fire truck heads to a grass fire in Dublin on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
DUBLIN, CA: Kari Hulac/Patch: An Alameda County Fire truck heads to a grass fire in Dublin on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
Updated at 5:20 p.m. with information from Bay City News Service—

A fire that burned about 170 acres near the Dublin Ranch neighborhood Tuesday was caused by a smoke grenade used during a military training exercise at Camp Parks.
Twenty summer camp students and two residences were evacuated as a result. The students were at the Quarry Lane School, located not far from the fire's path.

The fire, which burned in the southeastern area of the U.S. Army Reserve
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, began around 1:40 p.m. and was contained
by 4:30 p.m., Army spokeswoman Susan Clizbe said.
No structures were affected and no injuries had been reported, she

Updated as of 5 p.m.:   
Firefighters are battling a grass fire that has burned about 70 acres near the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin this afternoon, a Cal Fire battalion chief said.

The fire at the U.S. Army Reserve Parks Reserve Forces Training Area was reported at 2:15 p.m., Battalion Chief Brandon Leitzke said.

The flames are traveling to the east, toward Tassajara Road, he said.

The area is north of Interstate Highway 580 and east of Interstate Highway 680.

No structures were affected and no injuries had been reported as of 3:30 p.m., Leitzke said.

The Camp Parks Fire Department is responding to the fire, along with Alameda County Fire and Cal Fire, Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

Update at 3:30 p.m. —

Dublin Police officials have shut down Tassajara Road at Somerset at 3:20 p.m. and said emergency personnel are notifying nearby residents.

The Alameda County Fire Twitter posts say the fire is a grass fire. 

Camp Parks Fire Department and Cal Fire are battling the blaze and there engines, bull dozers, water tenders, aircraft, according to the Alameda County Fire Department Tweets.

Firefighters are battling a large grass fire in east Dublin Tuesday afternoon.

Alameda County Fire said on Twitter that the fire is at Camp Parks. 

Multiple engines and aircraft were rushing to the scene east of the Alameda County jail complex off of Broder Boulevard.

With the hot dry weather and recent flurry of lightning strikes, much of the Bay Area is under a "red flag" warning for fire danger.

Patch will update this report when further details are available.
Andrea Schrader Fowler August 20, 2013 at 06:12 PM
you can really see it here at PAMF Dublin
Shannon Brown August 20, 2013 at 06:36 PM
They have NOT notified residents who live very close at all. Very poor job.
Kyra Bisla August 20, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Just got a call from the fire dept telling us to keep caution and potentially evacuate upon further instruction. We live in the Pinnacle Ridge part of Dublin Ranch. My daughter attends the Quarry Lane School and we we notified that they have evacuated all their summer-students to Emerald Glen Park. Hope they're able to contain it soon without too much damage.
Shannon Brown August 20, 2013 at 07:00 PM
I have an older relative who was on the phone and doesn't know how to switch over to call waiting due to her age. If they did call they should have left a message. I don't understand why we are having fireworks gets a call from Emergency services but a fire directly behind your neighborhood does not. With an announcement about road closures will I be even able to leave my neighborhood?
Kelly Stone August 20, 2013 at 07:09 PM
The smoke kind of serves as a notification don't you think? I can see it a couple miles away. I think our fire and police service men/women do a great job. My prayers are with them and that they can contain the fire without any damage to surrounding buildings.
Shannon Brown August 20, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Maybe people wouldn't be so smug and snarky if it was their house that was threatened and they weren't being told about it. When you walk one block away and see a giant fire at the end of your neighborhood you get concerned. I could see the planes doing their job I just feel those of us who live by the 2 roads that were closed would have been told.
Katie August 20, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I also live near the fire and I thank all the emergency workers that jumped into action to contain a 70 acre fire in such a speedy and safe mannor. Take some personal responsibility for your role in an emergency situation. Road closures are not to trap people in, common sense.
Kamie Harbaugh August 20, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Are they going to be doing evacuations? I am born and raised from Dublin and have a ton of family and friends still there.. any updates would be wonderful!
Kelly Stone August 21, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Kamie. There are no evacuations. Our firefighters did a great job in containing the fire. I am appalled how quick people react so negatively towards our protectors when they risk their lives with their careers to help us. Hats off to our firemen for a job well done and thank you for keeping our fellow Dublin residents' and their homes free from harm !!!
Good Citizen August 21, 2013 at 02:38 AM
you are notified when your house is on fire.


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