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Firefighters Battle Brush Fire on San Jose-Milpitas Border

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Firefighters on Tuesday battled a brush fire that consumer 25 acres on the border of North San Jose and Milpitas.

The San Jose Fire Department said the blaze was burning near the 500 block of Mill River Lane. Residents in the area were advised to shelter in place, but no evacuation orders were immediately issued.

"Our crews have been taxed. All of our units are out. We’re out of personnel …we know we’re going to be out here all night,” said Galahad Zamora of the Milpitas Fire Department. 

The four alarm blaze started around 4 p.m. The local agency got help from 132 people from Cal fire and neighboring San Jose.

“We knew we were going to have to take defensive actions and use the online water sources,” said Zamora.

Sources that stretched from Milpitas to San Jose. Fire trucks lined the Coyote Creek bed making sure flames didn’t make it to a nearby housing community.

“We have personnel currently assigned at the Dixie Fire we are stretched thin mandatory overtime across all three shifts we’re doing the best we can,” said Zamora.

Because many firefighters in this area have been deployed up and down the state to battle wildfires, the Fremont Fire Department is in Milpitas covering the city.  

The battalion chief said it’s going to be a long season.

No injuries have been reported.

The public was asked to avoid the area.

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