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Four-alarm brush fire threatens homes


A fire burning in the Oakland hills and encompassing more than 20 acres was recently updated from a two-alarm fire to a four-alarm fire by Cal Fire officials, according to NBC reports. The upgrade in severity happened around 12:30pm.

Residents living in the affected areas north and just before the 580-split have been evacuated. These include Skyview, Bayview, Viewcrest, Ridgemont and Bohansen roads. Authorities have also closed the Edwards Avenue exit as a precaution while firefighters fight to contain the blaze. The Oakland Zoo has been closed for the remainder of the day as well. Mills College officials sent out an emergency alert earlier today warning students and faculty of the potential dangers and traffic situation. Commuters are encouraged to avoid I-580 altogether.

A 20-acre fire burns dangerously close
to residential neighborhoods in the
Oakland Hills early Tuesday afternoon.