Alejandro Serrano and Steve Rubenstein
San Francisco Chronicle
A wildfire near Gilroy held at 5,400 acres as more than 800 firefighters battling the blaze seemed to be getting the upper hand by Wednesday evening, officials said.
Firefighters reached 70% containment of the Crews Fire by early evening, evacuation orders were lifted and an evacuation center at the Gilroy Senior Center was shut down.
But fire officials warned that “challenging terrain has the potential to create additional fire growth” and said that crews were removing hazardous trees from the fire’s path.
The fire broke out Sunday near Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle, according to Cal Fire.
The blaze, battled by 835 firefighters and other emergency workers from the Gilroy and Morgan Hill fire departments and including the Santa Clara County Sheriff and Highway Patrol, has destroyed one structure and damaged another. Thirty structures remain under threat.
Cañada Road remained closed from Highway 152 to Gilroy Hot Springs
Cal Fire said “deep marine layers” in the morning and overnight would provide favorable conditions for battling the blaze.
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