Brush Fire Burns Near Mt. Diablo

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010  |  Updated 6:22 PM PDT
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Brush Fire Burns Near Mt. Diablo

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Hundreds of fire crews responded in force to a very smoky fire in the East Bay Tuesday afternoon.

The fire burned in a canyon at the base of Mount Diablo.  It is on the east side of the mountain in the Curry Canyon area.  The fire burned about 125  acres in the first few hours.  It was burning mostly brush and trees several miles away from the town of Clayton. No evacuations were ordered as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire was being fueled by the heat, but winds were not a factor other than the lack of wind would make it hard for pilot to see where to drop their fire retardant.

Beth Klien with Mount Diablo State Park said there were a few power lines downed by the flames in the early going, but that no homes or structures were threatened.

She said the fire would be fought by an air assault because the area where the fire is burning does not have many access roads. 

Park officials said because of the triple digit heat, there were not many people inside Mount Diablo park Tuesday, but anyone who was there was asked to leave.

Fire crews hoped to have the fire contained by late Tuesday.

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