Park Fire near Morgan Hill grows to 343 acres, evacuations ordered


The Morgan Hill park fire had burned 100 acres and led to evacuation orders effective July 5, 2020.

The park fire on a forested ridge near Lake Anderson outside Morgan Hill has now burned 343 acres and is 50 percent contained, the Morgan Hill Police Department said Sunday morning.

Smoke from the fire has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue an air quality advisory through Monday for the southern tip of the Bay, including Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy.

“The onshore winds are expected to be light and to get stronger throughout the day,” the air district said in an announcement, with satellite imagery showing smoke spreading southeast of the Santa Clara Valley region. “Currently, the impacts include smoky skies, smoke odors and localized contamination by elevated particles.”

Smoke-smelling residents are encouraged to limit outdoor exposure and keep doors and windows closed if possible. Car air conditioning units and ventilation systems should be configured to circulate again to prevent outside air from moving inward.

Evacuations previously ordered for the area around the fire remain in place, authorities said.

Real-time air quality readings are available online.