Mt. Diablo Fire Threatens Homes Around Bay Area Peak

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Monday, 09 Sep 2013 08:24 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A rapidly growing brush fire in Mt. Diablo State Park continued to blaze late Sunday, eating up more than 800 acres and threatening to consume homes around the Bay Area peak outside San Francisco.

A combination of high temperatures and dry conditions sparked the fire around 1:15 p.m. Sunday and, within hours, it was snaking its way toward homes and properties, many of which are lodgings for horses and other penned animals.

"They're scared," resident Wendy Brasfield, who volunteered her horse trailer to help transport animals out of the fire's path, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "These are rescue horses — some have never been in trailers before. They've only been on trails. I'm just glad we could get them out before they're in danger."

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People were terrified that they would lose everything.

"I could just see it moving toward us," said Ann Hyde, who lives about 2 1/2 miles from where the fire started. "The embers are all over the place, and they make me nervous... We've never had anything this big before."

Fire officials ordered an evacuation of 75 homes on the east side of Mt. Diablo State Park, urging residents to head to a local library, where the Red Cross has set up an evacuation center.

"It was pretty intense," resident Donna Scott told the Chronicle. "[30-foot flames] ate up part of my fence, but I think the firefighters had a pretty good grip on it and kept it from my house."

The fire was reportedly 10 percent contained as of late Sunday.

Officials were hoping the night would give them a brief reprieve.

"Temperatures usually go down, humidity rises, it gives us a little bit better chance to get in there and do some direct as well as indirect attack," Lewis Broschard with the East Bay Incident Management Team told ABC7News.com.

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