Crews responded to three brush fires in as many days in Contra Costa County, including one sparked by illegal fireworks near a Walnut Creek golf course.

Over the weekend, a half-acre of vegetation burned near the Boundary Oak Golf Course on Valley Vista Road, Fire Inspector George Laing said. That blaze, which began around 11:50 p.m. Saturday, was started by illegal fireworks, Laing said.

"I guess (people) still have them," he said.

Crews controlled the fire in less than 30 minutes. Laing did not say whether it was related to a string of arson fires near the golf course earlier this year.

On Monday, a fire reported at 11:55 a.m. burned in the 900 block of Bancroft Road near Mayhew Way, Fire Inspector Steve Aubert said. Nobody was injured.

PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said the fire damaged a piece of equipment at the top of the pole. The equipment, she said, was a switch that's used to test the line.

As a result, 100 customers in the area were without power until just after midnight as repairs to the equipment were made, she said. Another 1,300 initially lost power but were restored within the first couple of hours.

Laing said crews also were exploring the circumstances behind a fire near Memorial Field in Antioch on Monday afternoon. That fire burned about 2 acres on a hill behind the 3100 block of View Drive around 3:15 p.m. Investigators have not determined a cause but said that callers reported seeing at least two juveniles on bikes near the fire's origin shortly before it began, he said.


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