A wildfire burning in the rugged terrain of Mt. Diablo State Park grew to 1,500 acres overnight with local authorities calling in veteran Calfire strike crews to join the battle to tame the blaze on Monday.
Fire officials said they have requested 15 Calfire strike teams about 100 firefighters from the state to battle the fire that broke out Sunday afternoon amid near triple-digit temperatures and extremely low humidity.
About 100 homes in Clayton, a town of about 11,000 people alongside the park, have been ordered evacuated.
"I could just see it moving toward us," resident Ann Hyde, who lives about 2½ miles from the spot where the fire started, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "The embers are all over the place and they make me nervous.... We've never had anything this big before."
Karen Cooper, who works at a kennel in the area, said she had safely evacuated 20 dogs, but two of her horses, named Butter and Pineapple, were missing.
"It's been intense," Cooper told the Contra Costa Times.
An evacuation center was established at Clayton Community Library.
About 250 firefighters from several surrounding agencies were struggling with tough, steep terrain. With help from four planes and three helicopters, they had the blaze 10 percent contained by night fall Sunday.
Two air tankers and two helicopters were set to join the battle early Monday morning.
The smoke from the blaze could be seen as far away as San Francisco, where spectators watching the San Francisco Giants play Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park sent KTVU photos of the smoke taken from the stands.
As of 2:45 p.m. Sunday, the fire had spread across 15 acres, according to Cal Fire officials, but by 3:30 p.m., the fire had spread to 170 acres and crews had succeeded in containing 10 percent of it.
A Contra Costa County Fire official reported at 4 p.m. that the blaze had grown to around 350 acres, but Cal Fire reported the size at only 300 acres.
At about 5 p.m., automated calls told residents living on for Oak Hill Lane n at Curry Canyon Road and Curry Point in Clayton to evacuate their homes immediately and head to Diablo View Middle School, but at 6:15 p.m., a new evacuation center location was announced.
People with horses and other livestock were directed to go to the Contra Costa Fairground in Antioch.
Officials were advising those evacuating to travel by way of Morgan Territory Road, taking only essential items and to lock windows and doors behind them. Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash.
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