170-Acre Dublin Grass Fire Ignited By Grenade Creates Smoky East Bay Skies

DUBLIN (CBS SF) — Firefighters contained a grass fire that burned about 170 acres near the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Tuesday afternoon and sent a plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.

The fire that burned in the southeastern area of the U.S. Army Reserve Parks Reserve Forces Training Area began around 1:40 p.m. and was contained by 4:30 p.m., Army spokeswoman Susan Clizbe said.

She indicated a smoke grenade used during an outdoor military training sparked the fire, which fire officials said traveled to the east, toward Tassajara Road.

The area that burned was located north of Interstate Highway 580 and east of Interstate Highway 680.

No structures were affected and no injuries were reported, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Leitzke said.

The Camp Parks Fire Department battled the blaze, along with the Alameda County Fire Department and Cal Fire.

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