At 2:30 this afternoon, Milpitas Fire personnel showed up to address a vegetation fire at the corner of South Milpitas Boulevard and Garden Street.

Two engines were sent in, along with a Battalion Chief and a Fire Investigator. Upon arrival, the firefighters saw that a PG&E electrical pole had gone up in flames. Dry grass up against the creek bed was burning, too — about 100 feet of it in total ‘til the fire finally was contained. PG&E personnel worked with the firefighters on de-energizing the electrical pole, so as to minimize potential harm and damage.

The fire’s cause is still being investigated. MPD shut down nearby traffic for close to an hour while it was put out.

With fire season now underway, Milpitas residents and businesses should make every effort to minimize dry foliage on their property.

 

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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