Morgan Fire completely contained
Cal Fire announced Saturday that the Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo was 100 percent contained, six days after the blaze began.
The Morgan Fire, which was initially reported about 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 off Morgan Territory Road just southeast of Clayton, was fully contained at 3,111 acres as of 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire stated in a news release.
More than 75 homes were evacuated as crews worked to contain the blaze, which was heavily fueled by persistent winds and dry vegetation. Cal Fire investigators revealed this week that target shooting was the cause of the fire, but officials have not specified the exact location of the fire origin.
Cal Fire added it was preparing to hand command of the fire back over to local fire agencies Saturday and that resources are being demobilized, but Cal Fire firefighters will continue to clean up inside the fire containment lines.
Mt. Diablo State Park is set to reopen Monday, said Dave Matthews, public safety coordinator for the Diablo Valley District of the state park system. Workers are planning to repair and rebuild restrooms, trails, picnic tables and campgrounds damaged by the fire, he added.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Man shot near mall
A man was shot while walking near the Hilltop Mall early Saturday morning, police said.
Sgt. T. Ellis said the man was on Shane Drive near Hilltop Drive at about 1 a.m. when he was approached by three suspects. A shot rang out, the victim suffered a wound to one of his legs and was taken to a hospital. Ellis said Saturday afternoon that the man was in stable condition; the suspects remain at large.
An officer responding to the sound of a gunshot about 10 minutes earlier had stopped a car nearby on Lancaster Drive, and arrested two occupants for possession of a firearm. Ellis said it's unclear whether the incidents are related.
-- Josh Richman, Staff
Drivers should expect delays due to Vasco Road work
Drivers who use Vasco Road to travel from East Contra Costa to Alameda County and beyond should expect delays or find another route for the next few weeks.
Weather permitting, contractors will be doing roadwork on the busy thoroughfare from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Alameda County line north to Camino Diablo to replace roadway delineators, according to the Contra Costa County Public Works Department.
Work starts on Sept. 23 and is scheduled to last through Oct. 4, according to county officials. Work will be done Monday through Saturday.
Electronic message boards will be up next week to warn drivers of the work.
Traffic will be controlled throughout the work area, and motorists should expect delays and allow for extra travel time.
-- Paul Burgarino, Staff
Traffic lanes shifted on I-80 for project
Traffic lanes are being shifted on Interstate 80 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to accommodate initial construction for the Integrated Corridor Mobility project.
Lanes have been re-striped and mobile information signs put in place to warn drivers of the shift to the right at several locations on the Eastshore Freeway between Powell Street in Emeryville and Potrero Avenue in El Cerrito, Caltrans announced last week.
The realignment is needed to create space for foundation work along the median that will allow installation next year of electronic information signs that are a cornerstone of the project.
Similar work will be done at locations along I-80 between Emeryville and Crockett.
Upcoming work will include closure of the Ashby and University avenue onramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sept. 24.
Learn more about the project at www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/80icm/.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff
African-American health expo is Sept. 21
The African-American Health Empowerment Expo will provide outreach and education on health issues impacting African Americans.
The Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, the California Black Health Network and the African-American Empowerment Collaborative are involved with the free event, which takes place Sept. 21.
The keynote speaker is Aaron G. Perry, an African-American diabetic who competes in triathlon athletic competition events. Speakers and workshops will also address a variety of health issues, including stress, high blood pressure, diet and weight control, and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Healthy cooking demonstrations, lunch, exercise sessions and entertainment will also be provided.
John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, Delta Sutter Medical Center and Contra Costa Health Services are also involved with the expo event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Pittsburg High School, 1750 Harbor St., Pittsburg. For more information, call 925-687-8844, ext. 225.
-- Eve Mitchell, Staff
Karen Sakata a candidate for County Superintendent of Schools
Karen Sakata, deputy superintendent for the Contra Costa County Office of Education, has announced that she plans to run for superintendent of schools next year.
Superintendent Joseph Ovick said he does not plan to seek re-election when his term expires in 2014. Ovick has endorsed Sakata's candidacy.
Sakata worked as a teacher and administrator in the Mt. Diablo school district before her appointment as associate superintendent for student programs and services at the county office in 2008. She held that position until 2012, when she was promoted to deputy superintendent. She is second in command under Ovick.
More information is available at karensakata.org.
-- Theresa Harrington, Staff