375-acre fire near Mt. Diablo 90 percent contained

August 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, firefighters expect to fully contain a wildfire in and around Mt. Diablo State Park. Smoke is still visible in some parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties from the fire. It's burned at least 375 acres and ash from it was reported in at least four East Bay cities. The fire started Tuesday afternoon, along Morgan Territory Road.

Robert was out surveying the damage done to the land around his house on the south side of Mount Diablo.

"I'm the house that they saved. The (fire crews) came around and did a nice job of saving the property," said Robert.

Wednesday morning, it's mostly smoke and an occasional pocket of fire. Crews have this fire 80 percent contained after a very productive night by 200 firefighters aided by favorable conditions.

"Overnight we had a lot of knock down, we got most of the flame out. Heat intensity is down a lot. We mostly have just mop up now," said Jeff Orman of Cal Fire.

When the Curry Fire broke out at about 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, Orman's unit was the first to respond. They found a power pole across the road and had to wait for PG&E to cut power to the downed wires before getting any water on the flames. But six air tankers and three helicopters were all called in the first hour. A battalion chief said without that, this could have been a 1,500 acre fire.

On the ground rolling burning logs had firefighters repeating their efforts.

"We constantly work back. Because we work up and then material would roll down below us and then we would have to constantly go back down and extinguish it and work our way back up the hill," said Wes Deane of Cal Fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, the downed power line is a possibility.

The firefighters will continue to be on the scene through Thursday.


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