Dozens of homes evacuated in Morgan Fire burning in SF Bay Area

Morgan Fire

Courtesy Karl Frankowski

The Morgan Fire burning neat Mt. Diablo National Park in the Bay Area grew to over 800 acres Sunday night.

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Courtesy Bonnie Schlobohm

An image of the Morgan Fire taken from the Bay Area suburb of Walnut Creek

A wildfire burning in a state park in the San Francisco Bay Area has led to the evacuation of several dozen homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire started Sunday afternoon on the edge of Mt. Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, and within a few hours had grown to 300 acres and spewed a plume of smoke visible for miles around.

About 50 to 75 homes in Clayton, a town of 11,000 people just outside the park, are under evacuation orders. An evacuation center has been established at a local school.

No structures have burned and there are no reports of injuries

Firefighters are struggling with tough, steep terrain. The blaze was 10 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

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