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Morgan fire near Mt. Diablo started by target shooting, Cal Fire says

September 12, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Marin County firefighters put out hot spots earlier this week in the Morgan fire in the Bay Area.
Marin County firefighters put out hot spots earlier this week in the Morgan… (Jane Tyska / Associated…)

The Morgan fire that has charred more than 3,100 acres in and around Mt. Diablo state park in the Bay Area was caused by target shooting, fire officials said Thursday afternoon.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection did not elaborate on target shooting, saying only that the cause "remains an ongoing investigation."

At the height of the blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon near Clayton in Contra Costa County, flames threatened more than 100 homes and power lines.

The blaze was 90% contained on Thursday, fire officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters were still assigned to it.

Crews on Thursday afternoon were strengthening containment lines and mopping up hot spots inside the lines.

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