BYRON — Fire crews were gaining on a series of wild fires that have scorched 500 acres near the Byron Highway and Altamont Pass.

By 8 a.m., California Department of Forestry crews, along with firefighters from Contra Costa and Alameda counties, had contained 80 percent of the fires. Crews were monitoring smoldering hot spots and working to contain the rest of the blaze, according to Cal Fire.

The fires began just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and were aided by heavy winds that had gusts up to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Cal Fire did not report any injuries but said it was working to confirm that a mobile home in Byron was destroyed.

As many as seven separate fires burned, the agency said.

The biggest of those that has been confirmed was a blaze along the Byron Highway and the Lazy M Marina along Clifton Court Road. That blaze burned about 250 acres, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman Battalion Chief Ross Macumber said.

A fire in the area of Camino Diablo and Byron Highway peaked at about 60 acres, Macumber said. A third confirmed fire at Tesla Road and Cross Road in Livermore, and crews put it out after it burned an acre, according to Alameda County Fire.

The fires forced the evacuation of Mountain House Elementary School, located in the 3900 block of Mountain House Road. All of the students left the school safely, Alameda County Fire said. The school opened at its usual time Thursday morning.

The California Highway Patrol closed the Byron Highway between Camino Diablo and the San Joaquin County line, as well as between Interstate 205 and Highway 4.

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Source: East Bay Wild fires near Byron Highway 80 percent contained