Firefighters have only contained 10 percent of the Morgan Fire, the latest wildfire to scorch the Bay Area.

Bay Area Wildfire Blazes Through 1,000 Acres

The Morgan Fire is the latest in a series of wildfires to ravage the West.

Firefighters have only contained 10 percent of the Morgan Fire, the latest wildfire to scorch the Bay Area.

Firefighters have only contained 10 percent of the Morgan Fire, the latest wildfire to scorch the Bay Area.

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A wildfire that ignited Sunday afternoon roughly 40 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area burned 1,000 acres and forced many residents to evacuate their homes.

Firefighters have only contained 10 percent of the blaze, dubbed the Morgan Fire, after flames spread over 800 acres in only a few hours. Plumes of smoke were visible from Candlestick Park in San Francisco during the 49ers opening game on Sunday, reported the Contra Costa Times.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office issued a grim advisory Sunday asking residents to "Leave now by car. Go by way of Morgan Territory Road. Take only those essential items you have ready and can carry with you."

 

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The Associated Press reported about 50 to 75 homes in Clayton, Calif., a town of 1,000, were evacuated Sunday. More than 250 firefighters were fighting the blaze, along with five air tankers and three helicopters.

The Morgan Fire is the latest in a series of blazes that have ravaged the West. However, firefighters have been able to contain most of the larger wildfires. Only three of the ongoing 13 uncontained large fires are less than 50 percent contained, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center. More than half are at least 75 percent contained, including the Rim Fire, which has burned more than 250,000 acres near Yosemite National Park since Aug. 17.

The U.S. Forest Bureau recently identified a hiker's illegal campfire as the source of the Rim Fire, which is now 80 percent contained. The San Francisco Chronicle reported officials have not charged the individual nor have they released his name. The Rim fire has cost $96.2 million to fight. Firefighters expect to have the blaze fully contained by Sept. 20.

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