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Aug 24, 2010 11:37 PM

Wildfire threatens rural homes near Mt. Diablo

CLAYTON, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burning out of control east of San Francisco is threatening rural homes after breaking out during a second day of high temperatures.

The blaze broke out Tuesday and has burned about 125 acres in a remote canyon east of Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the flames are
threatening an undetermined number of homes scattered throughout the area, but no evacuations have been ordered.

About 200 firefighters backed up by air tankers and helicopters are battling the blaze. Berlant said the fire was spreading but that crews hoped to have it contained sometime Tuesday night.

Winds were light, but dry conditions were helping to fuel the blaze. Temperatures during the day topped 100 degrees.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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