Live Blog: New fire reported in the Santa Cruz Mountains as firefighters battle fires across Bay Area

Live Blog: New fire reported in the Santa Cruz Mountains as firefighters battle fires across Bay Area

Fire crews in Contra Costa and Solano counties battled blazes Sunday as much of Northern California was warned that low humidity and strong winds were creating critical fire dangers.

The red-flag warning from the National Weather Service began at 11 a.m. Sunday and was set to last through 5 p.m. Tuesday in parts of the Central Valley, Delta and the surrounding foothills. California is seeing extreme drought conditions that have Bay Area water agencies considering rations.

12:48 p.m.

A fire has broken out in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CalFire’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit said.

In a Tweet, CalFire CZU said it is responding to a fire near Butano Ridge at Old Haul Road inside Pescadero Creek Park. Multiple engines have been dispatched to fight the fire.

Details on the fire were not immediately available.

12:34 p.m.

A new fire appeared to have broken out in Solano County.

Reporter Cornell Barnard, of Bay Area News Group television partner ABC7News, said that a blaze was burning off Hay Road amid strong winds.

The size of the fire was not immediately known.

12:20 p.m.

Crews quickly contained a grass fire that burned Sunday morning near the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station.

The fire was reported about 9:45 a.m. and charred 3 1/2 acres before it was contained at 10:13 a.m., a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said.

No injuries were reported. The blaze temporarily shut down one lane of Highway 4 near Bailey Road due to smoke.

Fire crews remained on scene Sunday morning monitoring the scene for hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze did not damage the BART station and didn’t impact service, BART officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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