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Firefighters Contain Grass Fire In Morgan Hill

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Chopper 5 over a grass fire in Morgan Hill on July 21, 2011. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, which burned around 40-50 acres and threatened several homes. (CBS)

Chopper 5 over a grass fire in Morgan Hill on July 21, 2011. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, which burned around 40-50 acres and threatened several homes. (CBS)

MORGAN HILL (CBS SF) — Firefighters contained a large grass fire burning in Morgan Hill on Thursday evening that threatened homes on the east side of the city, a fire captain said.

The 40- to 50-acre grass fire posed a threat to homes near McDonald Lane and Diana Avenue, which is east of U.S. Highway 101 not far from the Dunne Avenue exit, Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

Helicopters and planes dropped water on the blaze, which was fully contained by 7:15 p.m., at least two hours after firefighters first responded to the scene, Gutierrez said.

About 100 firefighters were at the scene, including those from Cal Fire and the Santa Clara County and San Jose fire departments.

Gutierrez said one firefighter was possibly injured and that an ambulance had rushed to the scene around 7:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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