Mt. Diablo "Morgan Fire" 70% Contained

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    TK
    NBC Bay Area
    Firefighters have contained 20 percent of the Morgan Fire near Mt. Diablo.

    Firefighters had contained 70 percent of the Morgan Fire burning around Mount Diablo by Wednesday morning, and were grateful that all their efforts saved each and every one of the 100 homes threatened by the raging flames.

    All evacuations have been lifted, and full containment is expected by Friday.

    "We didn't lose any residential structures in this fire," said Robert Marshall, spokesman for the Conta Costa Fire District, who thanked residents for keeping defensible spaces around their homes. "And we got lucky, too."

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    As firefighters tipped their hats to Mt. Diablo residents like Joann Domina, who was vigilant about not having dry brush litter her landscape, had kind words in turn for the firefighters.

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    "Thank you, God bless and good luck," she said.

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    It's taken more than luck to keep this brush fire from getting out of control when it began Sunday and had quadrupled overnight. But by Monday, crews had gotten the upper hand on the flames, and by Wednesday morning, more than 1,300 firefighters had contained 70 percent of the fire, which had burned a little more than 3,100 acres - revised downward twice from the original estimate of 3,700 acres.

    "It came very close," said Mt. Diablo resident Don Muscante who had an up-close-and-personal view of the fire. "It was scary, We are very happy the firefighters are here protecting us."

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.