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Crews nearly extinguish Deer Zone fire in Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County part of the SCU Lightning Complex is almost out but two other fire areas in four other counties were still active Friday morning, a spokesman for the incident said.

The fires in the complex were sparked by lightning over the weekend in Alameda, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

What’s called the Deer Zone of the fire is almost out. Firefighters are putting out hot spots to avoid flare ups, spokesman Dominic Polito said.

But the Canyon and Calaveras zones are still active, especially in the higher elevations, Polito said. At least 20,020 structures are threatened.

The fire, or about 20 separate fires, has burned nearly 230,000 acres and was 10 percent contained as of about 8 a.m. Friday, Cal Fire officials said. Two people have been injured.

Evacuation orders and evacuation warnings have been issued for various areas in or near the fire zones. A complete list of evacuation orders is available online.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Creekside Middle School at 535 Peregrine Drive in Patterson in Stanislaus County, at the Milpitas Library at 160 N. Main St. in Milpitas and in the performing arts building at Ann Sobrato High School at 401 Burnett Ave. in Morgan Hill.

For information on animal evacuation centers for the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, Morgan Hill and Gilroy, call Santa Clara County Animal Services at (408) 686-3900 and for large animals from the Canyon Fire area, call Hold Your Horses Evacuation at (925) 584-1976.

The Canyon Fire area is burning in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties and includes the Peg Leg Fire, the Terraville Fire, Del Puerto Fire and Peach Fire.

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