Mt. Diablo Fire Still Burning, Residents, Livestock Ordered to Evacuate (Update)
Update 4:38 p.m.: The Chron is reporting that the Mt. Diablo fire has tripled in size and is now threatening about 100 homes near Clayton. Yikes.
Mt. Diablo is on fire
Original Story 7:45 a.m.: Now that the Yosemite wildfire is under control, fire crews can focus their efforts on trying to put a cap on the mountain blaze in Contra Costa County where a fire broke out Sunday afternoon.
According to press reports, some 250 firefighters have been working to extinguish the blaze, which was only 10 percent contained as of Monday morning -- and residents are evacuating.
The fire, which started at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday off of Morgan Territory Road on the eastern side of Mount Diablo, grew to 1,500 acres overnight. Some 75 structures are currently being threatened by the fire.
CBS News reports that as of last night, about 24 homes on Trail Ride, Russelmann Park, East Trail, Upper Trail and Lower Trail roads had been evacuated. Residents living along the Curry Point area near Clayton have also been ordered to evacuate. An evacuation center has been set up at the Clayton Community Library at 6125 Clayton Rd. in Clayton.
Meanwhile, the county has cleared the fairgrounds to make room for the livestock that needs to be evacuated, including horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats who call Contra Costa County home.
The California Highway Patrol has issued a Sig-alert around roads near the fire, so motorists should probably take another route to wherever it is they are going.
We'll keep you posted on this burning story.