Firefighters contain 40 acre blaze on Mount Hamilton

CAL FIRE and the San Jose Fire Department crews have contained a grass fire on Mount Hamilton outside of San Jose.
December 31, 2013 11:35:57 AM PST
A grass fire raced through a hillside on Mount Hamilton near San Jose this morning. Authorities said the blaze was started by a car fire that authorities said is suspicious. The fire was first reported at 5:30 a.m. at Quimby Road in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

CAL FIRE said the fire is now 100 percent contained and they are working on getting full control.

A stolen vehicle crashed into the hillside and started the fire. Another stolen vehicle was abandoned nearby. When firefighters arrived there were 20 acres burning and it spread to 40 acres.

"Due to a lack of rainfall and the drought conditions, the fuels are extremely dry and more than what you would see in October. Getting a fire at 5:30 in the morning in the end of December in Northern California is almost unheard of," said CAL FIRE Batt. Chief Tom Lubas.

A resident said there is a real problem with stolen cars being dumped in the area, he estimated about ten in the last month, but this is the first to catch fire.

Firefighters will be out here for most of the day. They say that until the California gets significant rainfall, we are going to see situations and more fires like this all across the state.


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