Update: 2 alarm fire in hills of Martinez reduced 75%; Evacuation warning lifted

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CROCKETT (TBEN SF) — Crews battled a fast-growing 2-alarm veg fire on Monday night in the Martinez Hills. An evacuation warning has been withdrawn for local residents.

The so-called Franklin Fire was reported around 6 p.m. on Cummings Skyway and Highway 4, just east of the Franklin Golf Course.

Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff “cleared everything” to residents around 8:15 p.m. and lifted an earlier warning for neighbors in the area south of Highway 4 between John Muir Parkway in Hercules and Alhambra Avenue in Martinez to prepare for prepare for evacuation. the fire that burns at the golf course.

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More than 100 hectares have burned down so far. Officials say the fire’s spread rate is dangerous and warn it could reach 200 acres.

At 6:15 a.m., firefighters tweeted: “The fire has passed. The fire is in light, flashing fuels and has potential for 100-200 acres.

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By 7:45 p.m., the fire had expanded to 125 hectares and had been reduced by 75%, according to Contra Costa Fire.

No structures were threatened. California Highway Patrol handled traffic control and road closures. Motorists were warned to be careful if they were in the vicinity.

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At approximately 8 p.m., Cal Fire confirmed that the fire was 75% under control, adding, “no injuries, no structures lost. Firefighters will be working in the area for the next few hours to clear things up.”