Fire in Dublin burns 248 acres, 100 percent contained

DUBLIN, Calif. (KGO) -- Fire officials said a fast-moving vegetation fire that burned about 248 acres in Dublin on Friday afternoon is now 100 percent contained.

The blaze, called the Harte Fire, was reported just before 2 p.m. near Camino Loop at Twain Harte.

Around 5:30 p.m., fire officials said the fire was 100 percent contained.

CAL Fire and Alameda County Fire Department responded to the blaze. Fire officials said three dozers, 19 fire engines and four air tankers were being used to battle the fire.

Fire officials said two structures were threatened by the fast-moving fire.

Earlier, residents were advised to be prepared to evacuate.

Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief Alan Evans said it's nothing short of remarkable that they achieved 100-percent containment within one hour and successfully protected nearby neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs that border the wild ranch land.

"The winds, fire season, the vegetation is all dry. Vegetation grew a lot higher and fires gain momentum and it's harder to stop fires once they get momentum," said Evans.

Nearby, homeowners watched in fear when they first saw the smoke, wondering if they would need to evacuate. Ten homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Homeowner Ronelle St. Luc said she saw the black smoke and the charred hillside where the hills were golden and felt extreme anxiety, then relief when it was under control.

Fire officials said crews with Alameda County and CAL Fire will remain at the scene to put out hot spots throughout the night.
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