Crews Battle Grass Fire In Hills Above San Jose

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose firefighters responded to a two-acre grass fire in the foothills above the Santa Teresa Golf Club Thursday morning, fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

About 90 firefighters from San Jose and Cal Fire were dispatched to the blaze, which had grown to 3 acres as of about 11:40 a.m., Gutierrez said.

The San Jose Fire Department was preparing to turn the operation over to Cal Fire to free up its companies to respond to incidents in the city, Gutierrez said.

A couple of people hitting balls at the club’s driving range reported the fire at  9:45 a.m., she said.

Firefighters had trouble accessing the two-alarm blaze because of the hilly terrain and two live wires that were down mid-slope.

PG&E was called to secure the lines.

Firefighters laid about 400 to 500 feet of hose while helicopter crews dropped water on the fire, Gutierrez said.

No structures were threatened, but the driving range was closed so fire vehicles could drive over it to reach the base of the hill where the fire was burning, she said.

“It’s a very slow-moving grass fire, and we’re finally getting some water on it,” she said.

She said it was not immediately clear how the fire started, but that the downed wires might have been the cause.

No injuries have been reported.

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