As much of Southern California continued to be under red flag or high wind warnings and wildfires scorched thousands of acres in the Southland, grass fires were quickly contained in the East Bay on Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

A small fire off a biking and walking path between Highway 13 and Lake Temescal burned less than an acre Thursday around 4:25 p.m., according to Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Jenny Ray.

Just hours after a red-flag warning was lifted for the Bay Area, even the smallest fire in the hot and dry Oakland hills prompted a large response. At least five Oakland engines and three rigs from the East Bay Regional Park District helped contain the fire in about 15 minutes, Ray said.

No one was injured and no homes were threatened.

In Castro Valley, Alameda County firefighters fought a half-acre brush fire along the side of eastbound Interstate Highway 580 near Eden Canyon Road starting at 4:36 p.m., authorities said. The fire was out by about 5:15 p.m.

A red flag warning that was issued for the East Bay hills and Diablo Range by the National Weather Service earlier this week was lifted Thursday morning, but high temperatures, winds and low humidity continues. increasing the risk of fire danger.

Down south, a fast-moving brush fire burned out of control in Ventura County, scorching more than 6,900 acres and forcing residents from their homes. A brush fire damaged two structures and destroyed 10 vehicles and a boat in Jurupa Valley on Thursday. Several firefighters have been injured battling the fires.


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