Pittsburg Wildfire Ignites on First Day of Spring

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    A fast-growing wildfire erupted Thursday afternoon in Pittsburg. (Published Thursday, Mar 20, 2014)

    Smoke could be seen for miles as fire crews in the East Bay battled a three-alarm vegetation fire Thursday afternoon.

    Firefighters were able to contain the blaze by 7 p.m. The fire charred about 40 acres near a power plant in Pittsburg, a fire captain said.

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    Fire crews in Contra Costa County battled a three-alarm vegetation fire in Pittsburg Thursday afternoon, March 20, 2014. (Published Thursday, Mar 20, 2014)

    The blaze was reported around 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of Willow Pass Road and West 10th Street, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District dispatcher.

    The fire was upgraded to a third alarm and had burned roughly 40 acres of grass, brush and trees, according to fire Capt. Robert Marshall.

    Marshall said the blaze threatened a few power lines connected to the nearby NRG Energy, Inc. natural gas power plant but was not a threat to any structures at the plant, including large tanks previously used for fuel storage.

    Contra Costa Fire Inspector George Laing said a fire of this nature at this time of year is troubling.

    “We’re concerned that there is such aggressive fire behavior, this time of year, early in the season,” Laing said. “We’ve had a historic drought, and we know that the fire season is gonna be bad.”

    Willow Pass Road from Range Road to Beacon Street in Pittsburg was closed during the fire.

    A firefighter was taken to the hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

    Officials said a cause has yet to be determined.

     

    Bay City News contributed to this report.