SAN JOSE (KRON) — A 2-alarm grass fire is burning in San Jose on Wednesday afternoon, according to firefighters.
It is happening at East Capitol Expressway near Coyote Creek in San Jose. It broke out at around 12:35 p.m., according to firefighters. Crews responded to reports of a large column of smoke visible from
the creek area along eastbound Capitol Expressway between Senter and Tuers roads, according to San Jose Fire Capt. Christopher Salcido.
The fire has burned 11.5 acres.
Responding firefighters had difficulty locating and accessing the blaze that was just south of the Los Lagos Golf Course, Salcido said.
Arriving crews found the fire in an area with mixed vegetation that included light brush and shrubs. The fire was close to homeless encampments set up along the creek, according to Salcido.
Moderate winds drove the fire from the creek area to grass, but didn’t spread to nearby homes, he said.
Nearly 50 firefighters responded to the scene and had the fire under control around 2 p.m. Initially, investigators said the fire spread to 3 acres of grass, but later found 7.5 acres were also burned in the creek
area, according to Salcido.
No injuries have been reported, and no homes are threatened.
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