Crews Fire Grows To 5,400 Acres

KCBS Radio Overnight News
July 05, 2020 - 10:36 am

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    As of late Monday, the Crews Fire burning north of Gilroy in Santa Clara County was estimated at 5,400 acres, according to CAL FIRE officials.

    It remains 20% contained, as winds picked up Monday afternoon.

    Earlier Monday, upwards of 60 families had been evacuated from Canada Rd. and its side streets, explained CAL FIRE's Pam Timmermand. Some farm animals have also been evacuated. Officials said the blaze had destroyed two structures and was headed toward Highway 152, Pacheco Pass Highway.

    "I would tell folks that if they are in the area, irregardless of whether they’ve been told to evacuate, if they don’t feel safe, they do need to leave," Timmermand told KCBS Radio.

    There were more than 230 firefighters on scene, 30 engines and six aircraft with hand crews and bulldozers aiding the fight. One injury has been reported so far.

    The Crews Fire ignited Sunday afternoon, a day after the Park Fire near Morgan Hill, now 100% contained at 343 acres.

    Several outbuildings were burned and investigators are still trying to determine the cause of both fires.