PLEASANTON – Pleasanton fire crews halted the progress of a wildfire in the hills above Pleasanton on Thursday, but evacuation orders remained in place.
The Canyon Fire was burning along Pleasanton Ridge west of Foothill Road / Bernal Ave. and Interstate Highway 680. Fire dispatchers said the original location was above the 4900 block of River Rock Hill Road.
The Alameda County Fire Department said by 4:30 p.m. the fire’s progress had been stopped. By 7 p.m., approximately 71 acres had burned.
Two firefighters, one from Livermore/Pleasanton and one from Fremont, were injured. The Fremont firefighter was hit by a falling tree after a drop of water and was released from hospital, according to the Fremont Fire Dept.
The Alameda County Fire Department has issued evacuation orders for homes in the Kilkare Road area of Sunol, the Golden Eagle Estates neighborhood of Pleasanton and the area around Augustin Bernal Community Park.
Residents of the Kilkare Road area in Sunol have been ordered to evacuate south on Kilkare to Niles Canyon Road.
A designated shelter for evacuees was the Pleasanton Library at 400 Old Bernal Ave.
An evacuation warning has also been issued in the Castlewood neighborhood and in the upper Augustin Bernal Park/Sinbad Creek area.
Pleasanton Police said Foothill Road was closed to traffic between Bernal Ave. and Castlewood Drive.
The Oakland Fire Department said it was sending an engine and crew to assist Alameda County Fire Department crews with the blaze.
This is a last minute update. More information to be added depending on availability.