Firefighters make ‘significant progress’ containing Crews Fire

GILROY – Firefighters on Tuesday continued to battle the stubborn Crews Fire in Gilroy, increasing containment to 50%, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The wildfire had consumed 5,400 acres as of 7 p.m., unchanged from the previous night.

In a news release, Cal Fire said firefighters “made significant progress” containing the blaze, but warned that the “challenging terrain has the potential to create additional fire growth.”

“Suppression efforts will be directed at life safety and property conservation,” Cal Fire said. “Crews will work through the evening to bolster control lines and mop up.”

The fire ignited near Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court just before 2 p.m. Sunday and swelled to 1,500 acres that night, according to Cal Fire. By Monday night, it had consumed 5,400 acres.

No injuries have been reported, but the blaze has destroyed at least one structure and damaged another.

The conflagration is continuing to threaten 30 structures, and evacuations remain in place from Highway 152 north to Gilroy Hot Springs and southeast to Prunedale Avenue. In addition, Canada Road is closed from Highway 152 to Gilroy Hot Springs.

Christmas Hill Park also remains closed. Firefighters are using the park as a staging area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Check back for updates.

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Author: Jason Green