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Evacuations lifted in Concord fire [Updated]

Bushfire half contained, but locals should heed orders to leave

Update: Saturday morning, both Cal Fire and CCC Firefighters report that the fire is completely contained and that Concord residents may return to their homes.

Update: Cal Fire—which arrived on the scene since the fire’s initial outbreak—reported via Twitter at about 8:45 p.m. Friday that although the fire had more than tripled in size in less than three hours, swelling to cover more than 360 acres, it’s now about 80 percent contained.

No injuries or damage to structures has been reported. Evacuation orders are still in effect.

The Contra Costa County Department of Emergency Services has ordered mandatory evacuations for areas of Concord threatened by a brushfire that started late Friday afternoon.

The order is as follows:

This is a message from Contra Costa Fire Department. Due to fire an immediate evacuation has been ordered for Montecito and Crystal Ranch neighborhoods in Concord. Leave now by car. Avoid Ygnacio Valley Road going towards Walnut Creek.

Take only those essential items you have ready and can carry with you. Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash. Lock your windows and doors as you leave. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location.

However, if you are physically unable to leave your home unassisted, call 9 1 1 for help.

Via Twitter, Contra Costa County Firefighters reports that the blaze is at about 175 acres and is presently about half contained, but has the capacity to grow to more than 200 acres.

Those in the Concord area should keep tabs on social media for updates if possible, but CCCF instructs to stay off of cell phones to avoid tying up service.

We will update you as the story develops.