Firefighters battle Coyote Creek grass fire

June 25, 2009 7:01:58 PM PDT
Firefighters are battling a grass fire that injured a firefighter this afternoon and has burned about 4 acres in San Jose near Coyote Creek, San Jose fire Capt. Barry Stallard said.

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The fire started at about 2:10 p.m. on Silver Creek Valley Road near Fontonoso Way, a fire dispatcher said.

The blaze was contained at 4:15 p.m., according to Stallard, who said crews would continue to fight the fire until it gets dark tonight.

Because of a lot of dry vegetation in the area surrounding the fire, "we're planning on being here for a while," Stallard said.

However, dangerous conditions, including the possibility of falling tree branches and rattlesnakes near Coyote Creek, will prevent firefighters from battling the blaze overnight, Stallard said.

A firefighter from Cal Fire was transported to a local hospital for heat exhaustion from the fire, according to Stallard.

Cal Fire is assisting at the scene with a helicopter and two tankers, while the Santa Clara County and Milpitas fire departments and the South County Fire Authority are also assisting San Jose firefighters, Stallard said.

The blaze is a TIER 2 fire, Stallard said. TIER stands for Tactically Integrated Emergency Response, and Stallard said a TIER 2 fire means that the San Jose Fire Department has at least 35 units at the scene.

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