Corral Hollow fire grows to 15,000 acres

August 14, 2009 7:13:54 PM PDT
The Corral Fire has grown to 15,000 acres since it started on Thursday afternoon. At least 300 firefighters are on the ground near the Alameda and San Joaquin counties border and it is only 20 percent contained.

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The fire is a lot bigger than the one burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but the main difference is that it is not affecting as many people or structures.

The fire began in Livermore and it is moving southeast. The CHP feared that it might force some freeway closures, but that is not the case now.

CAL FIRE used a DC-10 tanker out of McClellan Airfield out of Sacramento and it made two drops on the fire and piled on some 24,000 gallons of retardant on extremely rugged terrain.

The fire has been burning since Thursday afternoon and overnight, high winds doubled its size.

"On the rich tops firefighters were experiencing winds that were 40 miles per hour, so the wind right now is not working in our favor," said Aisha Knowles from the Alameda County Fire Department.

ABC7 got a good sense of how fast the fire had moved from the start of the blaze to steeper terrain. The roads are very narrow and firefighters are on the very frontlines of the fire. They have done a stellar job saving houses and barns.

CAL FIRE said the winds are expected to continue through the night, and for the fire to continue to run. There are no buildings nearby.

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