Temperatures have dropped and humidity has risen, giving an edge up to firefighters battling a vegetation fire in Butts Canyon that has rapidly spread to 3,200 acres.
A 5-alarm grass fire in the Cordelia area west of Fairfield was contained Friday evening at around 5 acres, after several structures were burned and numerous homes were evacuated.
Several homes were evacuated on Oregon Street in Berkeley and a block was closed for part of Friday morning due to suspected hazardous materials found by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies while serving a search warrant.
Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.
The San Jose Fire Department and PG&E crews responded to a gas leak that prompted evacuations at an apartment complex, but the leak was quickly capped,
Investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have determined the cause of the Morgan Fire on Mt. Diablo to be target shooting, although the investigation was ongoing.
The Solano County courthouse in Vallejo was evacuated because of a bomb threat Thursday afternoon, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
PG&E finished repairs to a broken gas line that triggered evacuations in Richmond Friday morning.
A gas leak in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Sunday prompted several homes and businesses to be evacuated and caused major gridlock.
A 300+ acre wildfire burning Thursday off Highway 29 south of Lower Lake prompted evacuations for the Mercy Spring and Twin Lakes subdivisions, where authorities estimated at least 60 homes were threatened.