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4-Alarm Brush Fire calls for evacuations in Concord



The firefighters late Friday made significant progress in containing a four-time bushfire that led to evacuations in Concord.

The fire burned at least 270 acres off Ygnacio Valley Road and was 85 percent curbed Friday night. The Contra Costa County Emergency Services Office said immediate evacuation orders were in place for areas near Montecito and Crystal Ranch Drives.

Firefighters said that the fire was initially triggered as three small fires by a mechanical Isses truck. and merged into a big fire at about 3:40 pm

"I just thought of Napa, it just reminded me," said Carol Ann Elmore of Concord.

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Elmore saw the fire come over the hill through the window as she got ready for a concert.

"I saw the flames right over there and then the smoke" Everything is our property, "she said.

Elmore grabbed the photos and cassettes of her deceased son Nico before he left without knowing if she would succeed.

"It was like a movie, Ash was everywhere it was gray soot everywhere," she said.

Several task forces are on their way to help the crew extinguish the flames. Officials said firefighters had rescued several homes threatened at the Crystal Ranch and firefighters had canceled the evacuation hours later.

"We thought it moderately fast, but for the residents here it looked like it was moving pretty fast," said Steve Hill of the Contra Costa County Fire Department.

Saturday's temperatures are expected to be close to 100 degrees and firefighters are also concerned about the upcoming July 4th.

"We do not want people to use firecrackers," Hill said. "If they use firecrackers, it's a crime, and we'll look for people for it."


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