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Jason Leskiw and Brianna Guillory

Early yesterday afternoon a fire started in Mt. Diablo State Park. The fire has since spread and is now threatening the Tri-Valley.

As of noon Monday, over 1,500 acres had burned and the fire was only 10 percent contained. Business in San Ramon indicated they were in evacuation warning, which means they are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Dayna Barbero, Las Positas College Nurse Practitioner, told The Express via email that the regional air quality index is at 58, which is low to moderate.

If necessary, evacuation orders can be sent out by email, the Alert-U text message system, telephone and fire alarm.

“It’s still pretty far (from campus),” said Campus Safety Administrator Sean Prather. “It’s not like it’s a mile away. It’s the air quality right now.”

Students can sign up for the Alert-U text alert system on the LPC website.


As of Sept. 9, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. the fire had grown to 3,780 acres and is only 20 percent contained.

“The total acreage has gone up dramatically today,” David Shew, staff chief for Cal Fire, told the Mercury News. “It’s turning in to a more difficult fight than we thought yesterday but we’re throwing more resources at it.”

As of 10:07 a.m. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman, Todd Williams, told the Los Angeles Times, “The estimated burn area of the Morgan fire was reduced to 3,243 acres overnight Monday as a result of better mapping, and containment increased from 20% to 45%.”

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