BRENTWOOD — More than 30 acres of vegetation burned Sunday evening during two separate wildfires that East Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews extinguished, a fire official said.
The first of the fires began around 6 p.m.near eastbound Highway 4 between the Hillcrest Avenue exit and the Highway 160 overpass in Antioch. That fire burned about 30 acres, interim Battalion Chief Ross Macumber, a spokesman for the agency, said. It also threatened some buildings and homes, but crews were able to prevent them from catching fire.
That blaze appears to have started in a vehicle that was on the highway’s shoulder and spread to the vegetation, Macumber said. The fire destroyed the vehicle, but nobody was injured. It also caused the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert for severe traffic on the highway.
Some crews fighting that fire were called to a location in Brentwood a little more than 90 minutes later, when another wildfire broke out along the railroad tracks on O’Hara Avenue between Central Avenue and Sand Creek Road.
The second blaze, which was reported around 7:37 p.m., burned five acres, but crews saved some businesses and homes that were nearby, Macumber said.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.
Fire crews also responded to a reported fire in a structure on Montecito and Altessa drives around 8 p.m., but fire officials did not immediately have details on that incident.
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