Gilroy: Crews Fire now 96% contained

GILROY — Firefighters have almost fully contained the 5,500-acre Crews Fire in the hills east of Gilroy, authorities said.

As of early Saturday morning, the fire was 96% contained, with crews expecting to fully extinguish it by Thursday, according to Cal Fire officials.

“Mop-up continued today with crews working to back-haul trash and hose to drop points,” the latest incident report said. “Firefighters will maintain an active patrol of the fire’s perimeter throughout the day.”

The fire began near Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court around 2 p.m. Sunday and quickly spread across about 1,500 acres that night, according to Cal Fire. By Monday, it had scorched 5,400 acres, and has since settled at about 5,500 acres.

Favorable weather conditions allowed Cal Fire to cancel all evacuation orders Wednesday and reopen Cañada Road, which had been closed off to battle the flames.

No injuries have been reported, but the flames have destroyed one structure. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

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Author: Fiona Kelliher