Grass fire controlled near Alhambra High School

August 23, 2012 1:24:20 PM PDT
A grass fire near a Martinez high school prompted a brief shelter-in-place order for students late Thursday morning, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District captain said.

The fire was reported at 11:26 a.m. on a steep slope behind Alhambra High School, located at 150 E St., fire Capt. Kent Kirby said.

Crews were "able to get a handle on it rapidly," he said.

The fire was contained around noon, but because of its proximity to the high school, Martinez police initiated a lockdown at the campus, Kirby said.

The 2-acre fire, which Kirby said created a lot of smoke, destroyed an 8-by-10-foot shed containing power tools and other items, and burned part of a fence. The charred area was mostly grass, but the flames did reach an area about 50 feet from homes, Kirby said.

As of 12:40 p.m., crews remained in the area mopping up and monitoring hot spots, Kirby said.


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