As of Wednesday morning, July 25, the wildfire that burned in and near Milpitas has been 100% contained.
“We’re very fortunate that the fire started in an area that was relatively uninhabited,” said Milpitas Acting Fire Chief Rick Frawley.
In the end, the fire’s impact within Milpitas’ borders amounted to 10 acres; another 322 acres burned through unincorporated Santa Clara County, across Ed R. Levin County Park, destroying a barn in the process.
The Milpitas Fire Department was supported by the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department, and received mutual aid from Cal Fire and the fire departments of Fremont, San Jose, Mountain View, and Santa Clara County. CAL Fire also brought in resources from San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Marin Counties.
“I definitely want to thank all of the agencies that responded to the incident. All of our mutual aid partners that came in to assist — all 250 personnel,” said Frawley. “We’d also like to send a special thanks to the South Bay Incident Management Team. They’re a group of trained personnel that respond to incidents of this size and scope. And they’re made up of firefighters throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties.” He also went on to thank the City of Milpitas, especially City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares and the City’s management team, for their collaborative efforts in addressing any needs brought on by the fire’s impact.
A preliminary cause for the fire has been determined, but has not yet been released to the public. Chief Frawley mentioned that CAL Fire needs to undergo a specific process before releasing anything, but that the public may be made aware as early as next week.
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