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


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 An evacuation warning has been withdrawn for local residents.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.

ALSO READ  Extreme Heat Worsens Fairview Fire in Southern California

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.

ALSO READ  Petaluma Firefighters Quickly Control Vegetation Fire in Steamer Landing Park

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.

ALSO READ  Firefighters fight 3 alarm fire in San Leandro

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.”