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Fighting the Corral Fire near Tracy cost California $3.5 million

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Firefighters were finishing up extinguishing the Corral Fire, which they had fully contained Thursday after the wind-whipped blaze spread to more than 14,000 acres just hours after it started June 1 southwest of Tracy.

The cost of fighting the 14,168-acre fire, California's largest wildfire of 2024, is $3.5 million, according to a situation report released Friday by the National Interagency Coordination Center.

The wildfire was sparked near Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Site 300, but its cause is not yet known. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the investigation is ongoing.

The rapid spread of the fire left residents in fear and despair. People in surrounding areas had to be evacuated and Interstate 580 had to be closed due to smoke and poor visibility. The fire destroyed one home and two Alameda County firefighters were taken to a hospital to treat mild to moderate burns.

Calmer weather conditions last Sunday allowed firefighting aircraft to fly over the fire and drop extinguishing agents. About 400 firefighters assigned to the operation were able to build and improve fire lines around the fire. On Thursday, Cal Fire monitored the burn scar with a fire truck and three firefighters.