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California wildfire led to evacuations, blaze is 60 percent contained

Thanks to cooler weather and less humidity, the Mount Diablo fire should be fully contained over the weekend.
Thanks to cooler weather and less humidity, the Mount Diablo fire should be fully contained over the weekend.

Parts of the West Coast, notably California, have seen their share of wildfires this summer. Last month's Rim fire is still an ongoing issue for some Bay area firefighters. As of Tuesday, the blaze was 80 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles Times. At this time, residents should still have a continuity of operations plan in place in case matters get worse.

Emergency responders in the area are continuously working, but now have a second fire to attend to. Over in Contra Costa county, the Mount Diablo fire began on Sunday. As a safety precaution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management district issued a smoke advisory for young children, senior citizens and those with respiratory issues, the Huffington Post reported.

By Monday afternoon, 100 homeowners had to evacuate the area because the fire was threatening nearby electrical transmission lines, communication and homes.

Since then, battling the flames has gotten easier, allowing emergency personnel to lift the mandatory evacuations. California state officials expect that this wildfire will be contained by the weekend due to cooler weather conditions and gentle winds, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Because fire crews were able to isolate the flames away from residential neighborhoods, the Diablo fire only destroyed one outbuilding.

"When Mother Nature cooperates," Captain Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District explained, "we can get the upper hand."

Mount Diablo is a 3,800-feet summit and is a part of a 20,000-acre park that is 45 minutes from San Francisco, the NBC Bay Area reported. It is a popular hiking trail for many residents in the Bay Area.

When towns work with business continuity consultants, necessary evacuation plans can be created that will keep residents safe and not interfere with emergency personnel.