A fire that has burned thousands of acres in and around Mount
Diablo State Park over the past five days has cost an estimated $4.5 million
in resources, Cal Fire officials said Friday.
Dubbed the "Morgan Fire," the blaze was at 95 percent containment
by this morning, with about 450 personnel remaining to check for any
smoldering areas and to patrol the perimeter of the blaze, according to a
statement from Cal Fire.
On Friday afternoon, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt.
Robert Marshall said, "There is no real active fire and probably not a lot of
Fire officials said full containment of the fire was expected by
Fire investigators have determined that target shooting in the
area on Sunday caused the Morgan Fire, but Cal Fire officials declined to
provide further details due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
The blaze was initially reported around 1 p.m. Sunday off of
Morgan Territory Road near the park and southeast of Clayton.
Winds and dry vegetation helped fuel the fire, which prompted the
evacuation of some 75 homes and burned 3,133 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The residents were allowed to return to their homes by Tuesday,
according to fire officials.
More than 1,370 firefighters responded to the fire from several
In addition to monitoring for hot spots, remaining fire personnel
on Thursday and Friday have worked on cleaning up roadways and planting seeds
to prevent soil erosion and future floods, according to Cal Fire.
Mount Diablo State Park is on track to reopen on Monday, and
crews are working to fix park trails and structures damaged in the blaze,
according to park officials.