Crews finish battle with 210-acre brush fire
By Thy Vo and George Kelly
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.
KARL MONDON — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER