A Mt. Diablo fire has threatened almost 75 homes, forcing their evacuation this week near San Francisco, and the widespread fire is being said to only be 10 percent contained in the Mt. Diablo area, the CS Monitor reports this Monday, Sept. 9. Over 200 firefighters from the local region and nearby departments are now working to fight the fire before it continues to spread and threaten any more residences.
The Mt. Diablo fire, according to the California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection, believes the fire began late this Sunday morning near Mt. Diablo state park. Within hours, the widespread fire was blazing through the forest, leading to the evacuation of anywhere between 50 and 75 homes due to the fire’s threat. The houses belong to the relatively small town of Clayton near Mt. Diablo State Park.
Firefighters are working to curb the true to its name Mt. Diablo inferno’s path, as it has already claimed 800 acres of ground, leaving smoke trails and intense heat in the surrounding area for miles and miles. Yet the officers say it is tremendous work and an "uphill battle," as the inferno remains at the point and time roughly 10 percent contained due to its heat and rate of expansion.
Several planes and helicopters are working to restrain the fire alongside firefighters. Temperatures within and just around the forest are now rising to 100 degrees due to the intense heat of the widespread blaze.
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