Fire Officials Say Truck Sparks May Have Caused Concord Fire

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire that prompted evacuations in Northern California (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

Fire officials say sparks from a pickup truck may have ignited a wildfire that forced evacuation of homes northeast of San Francisco.

The blaze broke out Friday afternoon in Concord and prompted evacuation orders for two neighborhoods, although no homes have burned.

The 260-acre blaze is now 75 percent contained.

KRON-TV says 200 to 300 homes remain evacuated, however, until firefighters are sure there’s no danger.

The fire moved through heavy brush and came within yards of some houses.

Fire officials tell KRON that a diesel pickup truck may have spawned the fire. It was spotted with sparks coming from its exhaust pipe.

The area is sweltering under hot, dry conditions and the National Weather Service is predicting red-flag conditions of extreme fire danger for the area this weekend.

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6:30 p.m.

Fire officials say a brushfire that prompted evacuations of homes in Northern California is now 50 percent contained.

The blaze broke out Friday afternoon in Concord, northeast of San Francisco and has grown to 175 acres.

Two neighborhoods are under evacuation orders but no home damage has been reported.

Contra Costa County Fire spokesman Ryan Bain told KGO-TV in San Francisco that the dry conditions seemed more like August than June. Bain says hot temperatures, wind and dry grass were contributing to “dangerous conditions.”

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5:37 p.m.

A Northern California fire department ordered residents to immediately evacuate two neighborhoods in the city of Concord, in Northern California, after a brush fire spread close to homes.

The fire broke out Friday afternoon in the city of Concord headed toward Walnut Creek, northeast of San Francisco. It was unclear how many homes or people were affected.

Contra Costa County Fire spokesman Ryan Bain told KGO-TV in San Francisco that the dry conditions seemed more like August than June. Bain said hot temperatures, wind and dry grass were contributing to “dangerous conditions.”

The fire was less than a square mile.