BREAKING: Firefighters Working to Contain Brushfire in Milpitas Hills

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UPDATE (Monday, 7/23, 4:15pm): It’s been determined that the fire started in Fremont, yet its exact cause is still unknown. As of last night, the fire has burned a total of 330 acres.

Also, the City of Milpitas released an update stating that:

“The wildland Fire Incident in the Santa Clara County Foothills behind Ed Levin Park is currently 80% contained with minimal structural damage. The South Bay Incident Management Team continues to monitor and reinforce the fire line, and actively manage the situation. The City of Milpitas is continuing to support the Incident with one Fire company. Please note that Weller Rd. and Downing Rd. are currently closed to all non-emergency vehicular traffic, and all pedestrian traffic.”

UPDATE (4:37PM): The fire is currently at 300 acres, and 40% contained. Homes are presently being evacuated on Weller Road.

PREVIOUS: Firefighters are working to contain a brushfire just 300 yards north of Calera Creek Heights in the Hills of Milpitas, which started blazing today shortly after 1PM. 

In a frantic scene at the Ed Levin Park entrance, park rangers are turning away resident and media vehicles, as the park is currently closed to all visitors. 

Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on the scene. Milpitas and Fremont firefighters arrived thereafter.

At press time, the last update from Cal Fire says that 150 acres have been damaged, and the fire is currently 25% contained.

 

Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.
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