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Mt. Diablo fire spreads over 3,000 acres: 100 homes evacuated

Mt. Diablo fire: The wildfire has spread to 3,718 acres or nearly 6 square miles of the Mt. Diablo region, more than double the 1,500 acres reported in the morning, and is 20 percent contained.

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A bomber drops retardant on a wildfire in Mount Diablo State Park on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in Contra Costa County, Calif.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

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A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park grew Monday, forcing more people to leave their homes and leading to a smoke advisory for area residents.

The blaze in Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County spread to 3,718 acres or nearly 6 square miles Monday afternoon, more than double the 1,500 acres reported in the morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was 20 percent contained.

Officials said hot temperatures and wind gusts fueled the fire's spread.

The flames were threatening 100 homes in the sparsely populated area, which is dotted with animal pens and shooting ranges. The fire was also threatening electrical transmission lines, communications infrastructure, and a historic lookout and visitor center at the top of the 3,848-foot Mount Diablo. The Summit Museum was constructed in the 1930s of sandstone from the park.

The blaze broke out Sunday amid nearly triple-digit temperatures in the early afternoon. The cause was under investigation.

The fire spewed a plume of smoke visible for miles. It was burning in steep, rugged terrain near Clayton, a town of about 11,000 people northeast of San Francisco, alongside the park.

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