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Brush Fire in San Martin Damages Multiple Structures

Structures were damaged in a brush fire that started Wednesday in unincorporated Santa Clara County and briefly closed southbound U.S. Highway 101, Cal Fire and California Highway Patrol officials said.

The Church Fire started late in the afternoon at Church Avenue and Monterey Road in the unincorporated community of San Martin, Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said.

As of 8:50 p.m., the fire had burned 20 acres and was 60 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said.

Highway 101 was open again as of 7:50 p.m., according to the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services.

A mixture structures are in the fire area, which is rural and includes ranch farmland. McLean said crews don't know yet how many structures have been damaged.

He said no injuries have been reported but emphasized the need for residents in the Bay Area to be careful this time of year.

"We all need to be careful," McLean said, asking residents to reflect on the number of fires that have burned recently in the Bay Area.

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