Firefighters try to confine Morgan Fire within SF Bay Area state park; 100 homes threatened

CALFIRE: 3,718 acres burned, 20% contained

CLAYTON, Calif. - Firefighters are working to confine a wildfire within a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park as it threatens about 100 homes and triggers a smoke advisory for three nearby counties.

State fire officials say the Morgan Fire, which began Sunday in Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County, had spread to nearly 6 square miles by Monday afternoon. Some 800 firefighters, two air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters are battling the blaze and had it 20 percent contained. Three firefighters have suffered minor injuries.

Hot temperatures and wind gusts are fueling the fire's growth. While crews managed to stop the fire's advance by last night, they are bracing for more hot weather and 10- to 20 mph winds forecast for Tuesday.

The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain near the town of Clayton. About 100 homes remain evacuated.

A smoke advisory has been issued for parts of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. 


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