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Brush Fire Stops Traffic Along Highway 152 East Of Gilroy, At Least 80 Acres Scorched

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GILROY (CBS SF) — An 80-acre brush fire burning on both sides of state Highway 152 east of Gilroy was 50 percent contained this evening as of around 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Cal Fire officials.

Traffic has been heavily affected by the fire and some lanes remain closed on the highway, officials said. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

The fire appears to have started after a vehicle collision on westbound state highway 152 that was reported around 3 p.m. near Casa de Fruta, a roadside attraction, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 30 acres of vegetation are burning on the north side of the highway and around 50 acres on the south side, according to Pam Temmermand, a fire prevention specialist with Cal Fire.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire and no structures have been lost or damaged in the area, which is lightly populated, fire officials said.

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