Oakland hills grass fire threatened homes, led to evacuations


A fast-moving fire raged though dry brush and grass in the Oakland hills on Tuesday afternoon, forcing dozens of residents to flee as firefighters scrambled to protect homes while battling the fierce wall of flames, officials said.

Aircraft dropped fire retardant and water on the blaze as crews on the ground attacked the burning vegetation in a former rock quarry turned residential neighborhood below Campus Drive and just south of Merritt College.

The blaze, named the Edwards Fire after nearby Edwards Avenue, was first reported around 12:15 p.m. and took off in the rugged and exposed hillside surrounded by homes in the Caballo Hills neighborhood, officials said.

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