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Update: Fireworks keep East Bay teams busy with numerous bushfires

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (BCN/CBS SF) – East Bay crews had their hands full all day Monday night as fireworks were blamed for starting a number of wildfires .

The Contra Costa Fire Protection District tweeted around 10:15 p.m. that firefighters are currently responding to nine different fires in the East Bay, with 11 fires in the 9 p.m. hour alone.

Authorities said of those nine fires, three were known to have been caused by fireworks. The cause had yet to be determined for six other fires, but fireworks could not be ruled out as a possible cause.

Earlier Monday, a wildfire near Port Chicago Highway and Driftwood Circle in Bay Point that a witness said was started by fireworks consumed about 6.5 acres Monday night.

The fire broke out shortly before 6:30 p.m. when crews arrived at the scene, authorities said. The fire initially burned about two acres when Cal Fire and Contra Costa Fire crews responded.

The so-called driftwood fire ended up burning about 6.5 acres before crews could control it. A witness reported that someone had lit fireworks from a vehicle which then started the fire.

Contra Costa Fire tweeted information and photos from the scene of the fire.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Contra Costa fire units were clearing the area after 90 minutes at the scene, with federal fire units remaining to monitor the incident and prevent outbreaks.


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