By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN
A brush fire burned 5.1 acres at Briones Regional Park and neighboring Martinez-area land before Contra Costa County Fire Protection District brought it under control, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said Monday afternoon.
The land has been used for grazing cattle, and that helped firefighters, Marshall said.
The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Marshall said. “It’s on the edge of Carter Acres Lane,” and may have started on private property before spreading into the park, he said.
The blaze was brought under control by 4:10 p.m. after it damaged one outbuilding and threatened a residence. The cause hasn’t been determined, Marshall said.
“It’s being used as grazing land,” Marshall said, explaining that had the cattle not eaten the grass and brush, the fire easily could have grown into a much larger wildfire. “That really helped,” he said.