Crews battling vegetation fire burning near homes in Martinez

Fire crews are battling an out-of-control brush fire near Martinez Friday that is threatening some homes in the area, according to a spokesman with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

The 5- to 6-acre blaze was first reported at 12:10 p.m. in a hilly area near 2700 Franklin Canyon Road and is clearly visible from State Highway 4, said CCFPD spokesman Steve Hill.

"It's being attacked from the air by two C130 air tankers and at least two helicopters," Hill said.

"There are Cal Fire hand crews on the scene, as well. Forward motion has not been stopped. It's still burning, probably uphill," Hill said.

People are being asked to avoid the area.