Three-alarm fire scorches Contra Costa hills

A three-alarm fire blazed dangerously close to a power plant in Pittsburg before being contained Thursday, fire officials said.

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The fire burned 35 to 40 acres near the intersection of Willow Pass Road and West 10th Street. Reported around 3:15 p.m., fire crews remained on scene mopping up for several hours, according to a Contra Costa County fire dispatcher.

The fire charred roughly 40 acres of grass, brush and trees according to fire Capt. Robert Marshall. A few power lines connected to the nearby NRG Energy natural gas power plant were threatened, but no structures were threatened and injuries were reported.

A CalFire helicopter dropped mud on the fire. Contra Costa Fire Inspector George Laing told  “particularly difficult” because of its marshland location.