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Limited Access To Water, High Winds Hampered San Jose Fire Crews At Landfill Fire

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Zanker Road landfill (photo credit: Matt Bigler)

Zanker Road landfill (photo credit: Matt Bigler)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Fire officials were investigating the cause of Sunday’s three-alarm fire that broke out at the Zanker Road Landfill where large amount of burning wood chips sent up plumes of brown and white smoke that could be seen for miles.

Eleven fire engines and 47 firefighters were continuously on the scene battling the stubborn blaze that started about 3:45 p.m. Efforts were hampered because the crews had no direct access to water. Instead, water had to be constantly delivered by four trucks with 2,000 gallon tanks from over a half-mile away.

Gusts of wind—at least 20 mph—also hindered firefighters.

San Jose Fire Capt. Reggie Williams told the San Jose Mercury News that because the landfill, located at 705 Los Esteros Road, turns raw wood of all kinds into wood chips, the potential fire danger is huge.

Landfill equipment holding oil and other accelerants also caught on fire.

Workers at the Landfill told KCBS that fire was finally put out at about 11 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

San Jose fire crews were also busy Sunday battling ten vegetation fires around the city.

High fire danger remains as record-high temperatures, winds and low humidity continue this week.

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