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Crews finish battle with 210-acre brush fire

By Thy Vo and George Kelly

Staff writers

SAN JOSE » After battling a brush fire in South San Jose off Malech and Bailey roads for more than a day, firefighters have finished their work, Scott McLean, public information officer for Cal-Fire, said Monday.

The fire ignited Sunday afternoon in an area with little road access, according to a Cal Fire representative.

The fire was at 40 acres as of 3:24 p.m. Sunday, according to Cal Fire’s Twitter page, and less than a half-hour later had grown to 75 acres. As of 5:45 p.m., it had reached 210 acres with 50% containment and forward progress stopped.

Containment reached 70% just before 7 p.m., and crews were committed to remaining on scene to continue and monitor progress into Sunday night.

Monday morning, Cal Fire reported the blaze was 85% contained.

The San Jose Fire Department assisted with the response. Contact Thy Vo at and George Kelly at 510-2086488.

An air tanker attacks the Malech Fire burning Sunday in the hills east of Highway 101 near Bailey Road in the South San Jose area.


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