VIDEO: ‘Bally Fire’ rages near Gilroy, grows to 130 acres

GILROY (KRON) — A fire that broke out near Eagle Ridge in Gilroy Sunday evening continues to spread Monday morning.

KRON4’s Rob Fladeboe is at the scene of the wildfire, nicknamed the “Ballybunion Fire,” or “Bally Fire” for short.

He says the fire has grown to 130 acres and is 35 percent contained, despite firefighter’s valiant efforts.

Crews worked all night to battle the blaze in “rugged” and “steep” terrain, officials said.

Replacement crews arrived this morning along with five additional crews.

Officials say helicopter drops will begin this morning.

No homes or structures are threatened at this time.

However, fire crews are asking residents to avoid the area to allow for emergency vehicle access.

Santa Teresa Blvd. between Miller Ave. and south of Club Dr. will remain closed throughout the day, according to the Gilroy Police Department.

Police are also warning the public that air quality in this area is very poor because of all the smoke.

Residents are advised to stay inside with doors and windows closed.

Stay with KRON4 for updates.

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