Mt. Diablo fire 45 percent contained 

click to enlarge Mt. Diablo fire is 45 percent contained
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  • A bomber drops retardant on a wildfire in Mount Diablo State Park on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in Contra Costa County, Calif. A wildfire burning outside Mount Diablo State Park has forced dozens of residents and animals to evacuate Monday.

The Morgan Fire, which has blackened the slopes of Mount Diablo and caused the evacuation of dozens of homes, is now 45 percent contained,Cal Fire officials said this morning.

The blaze is threatening 75 homes today -- 25 fewer than on Monday, according to Cal Fire. A Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman said Monday that the fire had charred more than 3,700 acres, but Cal Fire reported this morning that only an estimated 3,243 acres have burned.

A Cal Fire spokesman explained that the new acreage estimate is the result of more refined fire mapping done since Monday. The fire was first reported at about 1:10 p.m. Sunday off of Morgan Territory Road near Mount Diablo State Park, southeast of Clayton.

The Contra Costa fire district reported Monday that two firefighters had suffered minor injuries, and Cal Fire officials said this morning there has been a third injury, also minor. Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for Oak Hill Lane, Curry Canyon Road, Curry Lane, Curry Point, and Trail Ride, East Trail, Russelmann Park, Upper Trail and Lower Trail roads.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Clayton Community Library at 6125 Clayton Road in Clayton. The library can be reached by calling (925) 673-0659. In addition, the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds is serving as an evacuation center for livestock.

Large animals can also be taken to the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek at Heather Farm Park, located at 390 N. San Carlos Road.

There were 705 firefighters battling the blaze this morning, with the help of 100 fire engines, 11 helicopters and four air tankers, according to Cal Fire.

More than a dozen agencies are involved in the response. No homes have burned, but a Cal Fire official said Monday that a communication shed that contains electrical equipment was destroyed Sunday night.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management issued a smoke advisory because of the fire on Monday, and several schools and city agencies in the area canceled outdoor activities.

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