Crews Fire encourages evacuations north of Gilroy

GILROY – A rapidly spreading fire burned more than 1,000 acres on Sunday in the wilds of Santa Clara County north of Gilroy, sparking a new round of residential evacuations, authorities said.

Shortly after 2:20 pm, CalFire teams responded to reports of flames along Crews Road in Oak Spring Circle. Temperatures in the area were in the low 80s to 90s, and low humidity and southeast winds of up to 25 mph were expected to make firefighting conditions even more difficult.

In a social media post just before 3:10 p.m., CalFire said two structures were involved, with many others threatened.

At 4:55 pm, evacuations continued along Canada Road, with at least one other agency seeking to help recover at-risk animals in the area.

Just before 6:30 pm, CalFire said the fire had increased to 1,000 acres and was heading south and east on Highway 152, with continued evacuations along Canada Road.

While a strike team that included Oakland firefighters, the Fremont and Alameda County Fire Departments met in Fremont Sunday night before heading south, NorCal Red Cross volunteers were working with public health officials from the county to open an evacuation center.

Firefighting resources in the area were also expanded by responses to the park fire near Anderson Reservoir, and by the aftermath of responses to fireworks caused by fireworks over the holiday weekend.

Check back for updates.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.