A fire that has burned thousands of acres in and around Mount Diablo State Park over the past five days has cost an estimated $4.5 million in resources, Cal Fire officials said Friday.
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.
Fire officials say crews assessing the damage from a Northern California wildfire have determined 68 homes were destroyed.
The Morgan Fire that has burned more than 3,133 acres reached 90 percent containment Thursday morning and firefighters expect to have it fully contained by Friday.
Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents who live near the site of the Morgan Fire, and the blaze is now 70 percent contained, with full containment expected Friday, according to Cal Fire.
A Walnut Creek fire station was burglarized while firefighters were battling the Morgan Fire on Sunday.
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.
The Tuolumne River Trust, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to protect the watershed area near Yosemite National Park, launched the “Rim Fire Recovery Campaign” Tuesday morning.
A wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California’s Shasta County destroyed 30 homes and damaged others, as it quickly grew to more than 11 square miles, according to fire officials.
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.