Two wildfires in Brentwood burn more than 30 acres


BRENTWOOD — More than 30 acres of vegetation burned Sunday during two separate wildfires that East Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews extinguished, a fire official said.

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The first of the fires began around 6 p.m.near eastbound Highway 4 between the Hillcrest Avenue exit and the Highway 160 overpass and burned about 30 acres, interim Battalion Chief Ross Macumber, a spokesman for the agency, said. It also threatened some buildings and homes, but crews were able to prevent them from burning.

That fire appears to have started in a vehicle that was on the highway’s shoulder and spread to the vegetation, Macumber said. The fire destroyed the vehicle, but nobody was injured. It also caused the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert for severe traffic on the highway.

Some crews fighting that fire then were called to another location in Brentwood a little more than 90 minutes later, when another wild fire broke out along the railroad tracks on O’Hara Avenue between Central Avenue and Sand Creek Road.

The second blaze, which was reported around 7:37 p.m. burned five acres, but crews saved some businesses and homes that were nearby, Macumber said.

The cause of that fire hasn’t been determined.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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