Authorities reported that nine brush fires in Clayton started early on Aug. 3, 2019.

Shaun McMahon

Firefighters Battle Suspicious Brush Fires

Matt Bigler
August 03, 2019 - 10:32 am

CLAYTON — A series of suspicious brush fires broke out near Clayton early Saturday morning. 

Authorities in eastern Contra Costa County evacuated some homes and issued shelter-in-place orders as they sought to contain and put out nine fires that started around 3 a.m.

The fires, which have burned 655 acres, have been named the Marsh Complex fire by Cal Fire. 

Helicopters were being used to try to suppress the flames. 

Several roads were shut in eastern Contra Costa County as a result of the blazes. 

The evacuation orders were lifted, but the shelter-in-place commands remained in effect around 10 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Cal Fire said.