The Moraga-Orinda Fire District dispatched two engines and a water tender to the Aug. 2 vegetation fire that burned 20 acres deep into the hillside near Fish Ranch Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard. The fire was not far from the 1991 Oakland hills firestorm that killed ...By Nick Marnell
MOFD board appoints interim chief, retains search firm
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors named Battalion Chief Jerry Lee as the interim fire chief effective Sept. 20, the day of Fire Chief Stephen Healy's departure. The board also agreed to retain an executive search firm to assist in the recruitment of ...By Nick Marnell
An inconvenient liability, presented by Lamorinda public agencies
According to the latest audited financial ...By Nick Marnell
House fire in Moraga
Moraga-Orinda Fire District firefighters put out an early morning, single-alarm blaze at a residence on Corte Amigos in Moraga July 14. The fire was contained to two rooms and extinguished in 15 minutes.
Morale plummeting at MOFD due to board actions
Intent on putting the district on the road to financial viability, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board voted to slash district operations, with one director telling a room full of firefighters that everything was in play for future cuts, including the closure of a ...By Nick Marnell
Rescue One marks its 40th year quietly helping to save lives
Few people know that the Moraga Fire District was the first fire district in Northern California to possess a fully equipped paramedic unit to serve the population's medical emergencies.
By Sophie Braccini
Total devastation in Lafayette Circle fire
A discarded cigarette on a restaurant patio likely caused the explosion and fire that ripped through the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce building, fire officials said. In minutes the fire wiped out more than 40 years of Lafayette history, completely destroying an iconic ...By Nick Marnell
Still no construction activity at stations 43 and 16
Two rebuilt Lamorinda fire stations are set to open in 2018, but both properties may be put into service later than originally planned.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District ...By Nick Marnell
Lamorinda's doctor in the dugout
South Orinda's Jorge Gutierrez plays in the Tri-Valley Men's Senior Baseball League, part of a national organization that includes ball players of all ages and experience levels. Gutierrez also works as a physician in a hospital intensive care unit. But Gutierrez does ...By Nick Marnell
Blaze behind Campolindo sparks fears
A spectacular four-alarm fire charred 16 acres of vegetation above Campolindo High School June 19. The blaze shot so high in such difficult terrain that hand tools and hoses were rendered practically useless, and the fire required an air attack. "It was the most ...
Lafayette ConFire commissioner Granados retires
After 15 years of service to the citizens Lafayette, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District commissioner Bill Granados will step down June 30. ConFire management and the board of directors honored Granados at the June 13 district meeting.
By Nick Marnell
MOFD chief ordered to cut district expenses
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board ...By Nick Marnell
Ill-advised drivers still using Pinehurst Road as an alternate route though Canyon
Ramifications of the Canyon Road bridge outage in Moraga continue to haunt Canyon residents.
On the evening of the Canyon Elementary School Science Fair, a big rig driver lugging an auto ...By Nick Marnell
MOFD fears a fierce fire season
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District responded to a four-alarm vegetation fire June 5 that charred over 20 acres in Orinda along westbound Highway 24. It was the first event of what fire officials fear is shaping up to be a very rough fire season, and prompted these words ...Nick Marnell