Cooler Weather Aids Firefight On Mt. Diablo; 45-Percent Contained

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Mt. Diablo seen from Rossmoor, Walnut Creek (Courtesy of C. Hand/KPIX 5)

Mt. Diablo seen from Rossmoor, Walnut Creek (Courtesy of C. Hand/KPIX 5)

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DUBLIN (KCBS) — There was encouraging news for firefighting crews battling the Morgan fire Tuesday morning as there was no orange glow or plume of smoke visible on summit of Mt. Diablo.

Cal Fire reported on Tuesday morning that the wildfire is about 45 percent contained and 3,243 acres have burned—down from the originally reported figure of 3,718. They expected that daylight would show improving conditions.

Fog rolled in during the night bringing welcome humidity and lower temperatures which should give the 700 firefighters a good chance to contain the blaze. With another 55 percent of the fire to contain, fire spokesman Dennis Rein said the work was far from over.

“We’re going to keep an eye on all the areas around the fire and make sure that nothing that’s outside the line starts new fires,” fire spokesman Dennis Rein said.

“We will also be looking inside some islands of unburned fuel to make sure that those are secure and in some cases we may be doing a little burning on those islands just to make sure that later in the week they don’t start up and then throw a spot over the line.”

Crews have at least about five miles more of fire lines to build and fire commanders will continue to evaluate all day when to let people back in the 100 homes that were evacuated.

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