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Morgan Fire 60 Percent Contained, Evacuations Lifted

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Chopper 5 over the Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo on September 9, 2013. (CBS)

Chopper 5 over the Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo on September 9, 2013. (CBS)

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CLAYTON (CBS SF) — Evacuations were lifted and outdoor activities resumed Tuesday in parts of Contra Costa County as firefighters worked to quell the Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo.

According to Cal Fire, about 3,243 acres have burned and the wildfire was 60 percent contained as of late Tuesday night. The fire was first reported around 1:10 p.m. Sunday near Morgan Territory Road, southeast of Clayton.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries as of Monday and a third minor injury was reported Tuesday.

The third firefighter was an inmate from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and was airlifted after he suffered heat exhaustion, CDCR officials said.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory because of the fire on Monday, which remained in effect today.

An air district spokesman said the advisory would be canceled once the fire was fully contained.

Mandatory evacuations for residents in the area were lifted this afternoon and most roads have reopened, according to Cal Fire.

More than a dozen agencies are involved in the fire response.

No homes have burned, but a Cal Fire official said that a communication shed that contains electrical equipment was destroyed Sunday night.

Several schools and city agencies in the area canceled outdoor activities, but on Tuesday Danville city officials said all sporting leagues and other scheduled events would resume outside.

With lower temperatures and less smoke from the fire, activities were able to resume.

However, city officials advised residents to stay hydrated and aware of smoky conditions that may affect air quality, especially the young, elderly and those with respiratory issues.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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