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Live Blog: Brush Fires Burn in San Jose, Near Crockett

The latest updates on Northern California fires.

Firefighters battle a brush fire near Crockett.
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We'll be providing updates on fires in the Bay Area and Northern California here.

Here's a look at the latest updates:

Wednesday, July 15

Firefighters battled a brush fire in the area of Carquinez Scenic Drive and McEwen Road near Crockett in Contra Costa County.

San Jose firefighters responded to a vegetation fire on the 2700 block of Belgravian Court in the Evergreen neighborhood.

Monday, July 13

Plumes of smoke were seen near Highway 87 just south of Interstate 280 in San Jose.

Another fire burned in the area of Component Drive and Orchard Parkway in San Jose.

Sunday, July 12

A fire has been reported at Niles Canyon Road and Palomares Road in Sunol. No other details are currently available.

Saturday, July 11

Fire officials have confirmed that they've gotten dozens of fires along 25 miles of highway in Solano County and southern Yolo County under control. The fires were first reported around 4 p.m. and stretched from Winters to Fairfield, starting along I-505. No structures were lost and no injures reported.

Officials said that the acreage and cause of the fires is not yet known.

Vacaville fire crews are battling several grass fires along Interstate Highway 505 from Vaca Valley Parkway to the Nut Tree Plaza. The Vacaville Fire Department said that there are at least three spot fires with some structures threatened.

Cal Fire officials have confirmed that the Alum Fire has burned 31 acres and is now 100% contained.

Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in San Jose that burned a total of 30 acres, according to officials.

No structures were threatened and no evacuation order was put in place.

Crews in Contra Costa County quickly knocked down a 5-acre grass fire that threatened homes in Bay Point Friday night. Officials said no homes were damaged.

Friday, July 10

The San Francisco Fire Department is at the scene of a three-alarm structure fire on Washington Street. Firefighters ask residents to avoid the area.

Cal Fire crews are responding to a brush fire near Sonoma. The blaze has burned several acres.

Officials have confirmed that some lanes of I-580 near North Flynn Road in Livermore have begun to reopen after being shut down in both directions. Forward progress of the fire has stopped. Authorities estimate that 100 to 200 acres have burned, and crews will be out for several hours. Cal Fire said that the blaze was started by a big rig fire.

The Alameda County Fire Department has confirmed that crews are battling a vegetation fire near eastbound Interstate Highway 580, east of North Flynn Road. Westbound lanes are currently shut down.

Wednesday, July 8

The Crews Fire east of Gilroy is holding at 5,400 acres and is now 60% contained, Cal Fire said. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Contra Costa and San Ramon Valley firefighters were on scene trying to control a grass fire in Walnut Creek.

In Solano County, firefighters in the afternoon responded to a brush fire in Vacaville. The blaze has burned at least 10 acres, firefighters said.

Tuesday, July 7

A brush fire in Oakley forced evacuations for the Summerlake neighborhood and residents along Sandmound Boulevard, but those orders were later lifted, police said.

Monday, July 6

Firefighters across the Bay Area battled multiple brush fires today.

A brush fire burned near homes in the Cordelia area of Solano County. The blaze was at the base of Nelson Hill near Mountain Meadows Drive, firefighters said. The following were evacuated: Scotch Pine Court, Early Amber Court and Sierra Court. Link Road between Cordelia Road and Pittman Road was closed. Cordelia Road between Link Road and Thomason Lane was closed. 

In Rodeo, firefighters battled a brush fire that burned approximately 230 acres east of Interstate 80 between Cummings Skyway and Willow Avenue, firefighters said. Forward progress of the blaze has been stopped. No structures were burned and no injuries were reported.

A roughly 40-acre brush fire in Fremont in the area of Coyote Hills Regional Park spread smoke throughout Fremont, Union City and Newark.

In Marin County, the so-called Pierce Fire burned about 3 to 4 acres on the west side of Tomales Bay near the end of Pierce Point Road, firefighters said.

Another blaze broke out just north of the Benicia Bridge, triggering a temporary closure of southbound Interstate 680.

Cal Fire is reporting that the Crews Fire east of Gilroy is now 2,000 acres and 20% contained. Evacuation orders remain in place.

Sunday, July 5

The Park Fire in Morgan Hill remains at 343 acres with 80% containment, Cal Fire said. It is not expected to grow.

Cal Fire is reporting that the Crews Fire east of Gilroy is 1,500 acres and 15% contained. Evacuation orders remain in place.

The Sheridan Fire near Sunol that began Saturday afternoon is now 100% contained after scorching 108 acres of brush, according to Cal Fire.

Evacuations due to the Park Fire in Morgan Hill will be lifted at 8 p.m., officials said that residents may return home.

The fire on Country View Lane in San Jose was contained around 7:45 p.m. and is estimated to have burned fewer than 10 acres, San Jose Fire officials said.

Crews in San Jose responded to a vegetation fire in the 22000 block of Country View Lane around 6:30 p.m. This fire is considered by officials to be an elevated risk incident.

The Crews Fire has reached 1,000 acres and is burning in the direction of Highway 152, according to Cal Fire. Evacuations continue for Canada road.

The vegetation fire in Livermore near I-580 and Greenville Road has been contained at 50 acres, the Alameda County Fire Department said in a tweet.

The grassfire in the Berkeley Marina area was quickly put out, officials said. The blaze, which began just before 4 p.m., was in the area of Cesar Chavez Park. Officials believe that children with model rockets unintentionally started the blaze, which crews limited to two acres. No structures were threatened.

The fire near Livermore has grown to 30 acres and two air tankers are being dispatched to fight the blaze, fire official said.

A new brush fire that started after 5 p.m. is sending heavy smoke across eastbound Highway 580 in the Livermore area.

The Crews Fire in Gilroy has now burned 600 acres and is prompting evacuations on Canada Road, officials said. At least two crews on Canada Road have been forced to abandon their positions. Read more about the Crews Fire here.

Two separate fires were reported near the Los Gatos Golf Course. The first is a vegetation fire near La Ragione Avenue and Albanese Circle in San Jose that crews responded to around 3:30 p.m. The second is a structure fire in the 400 block of Los Arboles Street around 4 p.m.

A new fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Monterey Highway in Morgan Hill.

A brush fire has been reported in the 500 block of Airport Road in Burlingame.

A grass fire began burning Saturday afternoon at the Berkeley Marina.

Firefighters have responded to a fire in Gilroy, which has burned more than 150 acres so far.

The fire was at 30 acres when initially reported and kept on growing burning more and more acres of land.

The fire originated off of Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle, according to Cal Fire.

In San Francisco, firefighters responded to a total of 110 fires on Independence Day. In addition, another fire ignited in the city Sunday morning at the Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park.

A fire ignited at around 11 p.m. Saturday night in Morgan Hill and prompted residents to be evacuated from their homes in the Finley Ridge Area.

According to Cal Fire chief Mike Marcucci, the Park Fire is now 200 acres and 20% contained.

Firefighters are waiting this morning for air tankers and choppers to arrive to the scene and assist with efforts to mitigate the fire. Officials are concerned about the wind and want to contain the fire before winds pick up later in the day.

Saturday, July 4

The Contra Costa County Fire Department tweeted a recap of their Fourth of July activity: crews responded to 67 fires between 7 p.m. and midnight, 30 of which were in between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ten of the fires involved structures, and 16 were caused by fireworks -- but no homes were lost.

Fire officials in Contra Costa County have confirmed that 20 crews have stopped forward progress of a fire on Southwood Drive in Pittsburg with no structures lost -- but another blaze is burning two homes on Crestpark Circle in Antioch.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department is currently assisting the San Jose Fire Department on 20 active fires, including several vegetation and structure fires. Officials have confirmed that a fire at McLaren Park was caused by fireworks.

The Contra Costa County Fire Department is now responding to 18 vegetation fires, the department tweeted around 11 p.m. A major fire is threatening multiple homes on Southwood Drive in Pittsburg and another blaze on O Street in Antioch knocked down power lines.

Fire crews in San Francisco have managed to save a structure after a roof fire burned a home in the 2500 block of Arelious Walker Drive. Officials say the fire was caused by fireworks. This happened just across from North Shore Yosemite Slough in the Bayview area where crews recently fought another blaze.

A Sigalert was issued for southbound Highway 101 at Mckee Road in San Jose due to the fire at Watson Park in San Jose, but lanes have since started to reopen.

The Contra Costa County Fire Department announced via Twitter that it is fighting 14 fires across the district, including three structure fires. Because of the "unprecedented demand" for services, the department said it will only dispatch one fire engine per non-structure fire.

Firefighters in San Francisco managed to save multiple motor homes from being destroyed in the fire at Hunters Point in the Bayview neighborhood.

Two more fires have been reported in San Francisco. Crews are responding to a three-acre wildland fire in Hunters Point that is currently threatening one structure. A large grassfire is also burning in McLaren Park.

A large brush fire is burning in or near Watson Park in San Jose. No details are immediately available.

A fire that was brought under control in Sonoma County just before 3 p.m. has been determined to be in the Santa Rosa city limits. Officials said it was started by powered weed mowing equipment.

Officials have reported that forward progress of a fire that burned 100 acres near Sunol has been stopped and is now in the mop up phase.

San Francisco fire crews are responding to a grass fire in the area of Ironwood Road and Catalina Street.

Firefighters are battling a blaze near Candlestick Point State Park. Earlier, the San Francisco Fire Department tweeted out photos of a two-acre fire on Hunters Point in the Bayview neighborhood, apparently started by fireworks.

Just before 3 p.m. firefighters in Sonoma County brought a one-acre vegetation fire under control in the Rincon Valley area.

A fire was reported at around 1:50 p.m. in Sunol, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire broke out at 7555 Sheridan Road and has burned a total of 100 acres and is about 30% contained.

Friday, July 3

Another blaze that officials believe was sparked by illegal fireworks has broken out in Bay Point. The Contra Costa County Fire Department said in a tweet that trains in the area have been slowed while crews work to contain the blaze between Levee Road and the railroad tracks.

Fire crews in Contra Costa County quickly knocked down three fires. Two of the fires were brush fires, one in Pittsburg and one in San Pablo. The third was a barn fire in Rodeo. At least one of the three fires, the one in Pittsburg, was caused by illegal fireworks, officials confirmed via Twitter.

San Francisco firefighters responded to a two-alarm structure fire in the 2000 block of Mission Street.

No injuries reported in the incident, according to firefighters.

No other information was immediately available.

Thursday, July 2

Firefighters are battling a two-alarm brush fire along eastbound Interstate 580, just west of the Portola Avenue exit. CHP officials have issued a Sig-alert and said motorists should expect delays.

Crews were able to stop forward progress of the blaze shortly after 11:10 a.m.

In San Jose, a brush fire charred two acres in the area of North Jackson and Maybury. Crews were able to stop forward progress of the blaze shortly after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 30

Fire crews knocked down a 9-acre brush fire in Clayton early Tuesday morning that had threatened a mobile home park. The blaze, which was first reported at about 11 p.m. Monday, started in the 16700 block of Marsh Creek Road across the street from the Clayton Palms Community. No injuries were reported.

Monday, June 29

Firefighters contained multiple fires that burned along the Iron Horse Trail on the border of Pleasant Hill and Concord. The fires broke out in the area of Sherman and Brookview drives, the fire department said.

In San Jose, firefighters are battling a brush fire in the area of Tuers Road and East Capitol Expressway.

Saturday, June 27

Firefighters contained a brush fire that threatened structures on Palou Avenue and 3rd Street in San Francisco. 

Caltrain was shut down in both directions as the flames spread to the tracks, the fire department said.

No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. Caltrain service is expected to resume shortly.

Highway 101 is now open in both directions in Marin County after issues with smoke from a fire near Marin City forced a full closure, the California Highway Patrol said. The half-acre brush fire is contained and no structures are threatened.

The San Francisco Fire Department is asking the public to avoid the area of a blaze behind Jack in the Box on Bayshore Freeway. Smoke from the fire, which started in an encampment, is blowing onto northbound Highway 101.

Fairfield fire crews are battling a second-alarm brush fire at I-680 and Gold Hill Road and advise people to avoid the area.

Cal Fire has confirmed that the Parish Fire has been contained at 12 acres.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed a fire in Benicia Saturday afternoon.

The Parish Fire began burning at around 2:00 p.m.. according to CHP reports.

At around 3:19 p.m., Cal Fire confirmed the fire had burned a total of six acres.

Tuesday, June 23

Firefighters responded to a brush fire near San Jose's Alum Rock.

The blaze charred around 10 acres and was reported in the area of Sierra Road and Skyview Drive. Forward progress of the blaze was stopped before 1 p.m., firefighters said.

No other information was immediately available.

Saturday, June 20

A fire broke out on Yerba Buena Island Saturday at around 2:43 p.m. in San Francisco, the CHP confirmed.

Around 4:30 p.m. the San Francisco Fire Department declared the fire on Yerba Buena Island under control with no resulting injuries or structural damage.

Thursday, June 18

Firefighters are battling another brush fire in the Livermore area, this time in the area of Greenville Road and westbound Interstate 580.

The blaze has drawn a three-alarm response.

Firefighters battled two other brush fires earlier in the area.

One blaze, named the Mines Fire, burned 1.5 acres along the 19000 block of Mines Road, according to Cal Fire. The fire is 100% contained.

Another blaze, named the Lab Fire, scorched 28 acres, Cal Fire said. It has been fully contained.

No other information was immediately available.

Firefighters are battling a 6-acre fire burning in Santa Clara County. The fire broke out in the area of Highway 101 and Bailey Avenue, according to Cal Fire.

Wednesday, June 17

The Nelson Fire is Butte County prompted evacuations and charred at least 95 acres, officials say. The blaze has been contained.

Tuesday, June 16

The below update is provided by Bay City News:

All southbound lanes reopened on state Highway 17 in unincorporated Santa Clara County Tuesday evening as fire crews were putting out a brush fire that had closed both directions of the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

All lanes reopened at about 6:50 p.m. near the community of Redwood Estates, CHP officials said.

Forward progress on the two-alarm fire had been stopped earlier in the evening and no structures were threatened, Santa Clara County fire officials and Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police said.

Wednesday, June 10

The Quail Fire in Solano County is now 1837 acres and 100% contained after days of burning.

The fire was initially reported Saturday off of Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road near Winters.

Tuesday, June 9

San Jose firefighters battled a brush fire early Tuesday evening near the intersection of Mabury Road and Jackson Avenue.

Firefighters said the blaze has charred at least 3 acres. No injuries reported and no structures damaged, firefighters said.

Crews were able to extinguish the flames by 6:45 p.m. and a cause is under investigation.

In San Leandro, Alameda County Fire Department crews responded to a house fire on Dutton and Superior Avenue. No injuries reported.

Monday, June 8

Evacuations have been lifted near a brush fire in the Clearlake area in Lake County, Cal Fire says. The so-called Boyles Fire has burned at least 3 acres as of late Monday afternoon.

For more information on evacuation, view Clearlake PD's Nixle alert.

East Bay

Crews responded to a 3-alarm structure fire in Oakland. Latest updates here.

Sunday, June 7

East Bay

Fire crews in Concord battled the so-called Willow Fire, which burned about 136 acres near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The fire was largely contained by 8 p.m. Saturday. More from our story here.

North Bay

As of 7 p.m. the Gulch Fire in Sonoma County remained at 107 acres with 95% containment.

As of 8 p.m. Monday the Quail Fire near Winters in Solano County has burned at least 1,837 acres and is 75% contained. Mandatory evacuations have been lifted.

Firefighters explained low humidity and high winds helped spur what some are calling a "dangerous rate of spread."

In response to the fire, an evacuation center has been set up at the Three Oaks Community Center in Vacaville, located at 1100 Alamo Dr.

The Quail Fire is 75% contained. Full coverage here.

The Gulch Fire in south of Petaluma in Sonoma County charred at least 107 acres.

According to officials, the fire is 75% contained as of 8:07 a.m. Updates here.

Saturday, June 6

East Bay

A two-alarm fire grass fire, named Willow Fire, is burning near East Olivera and Willow Pass Roads near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The fire was reported at around 5 p.m.

North Bay

The Quail Fire off of Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road began burning at around 5 p.m. Saturday in Solano County.

Evacuation orders were put in place hours later as the fire burned approximantely 500 acres.

The Gulch fire began burning at around 4:48 p.m. off of Stage Gulch Road and Lakeville Highway in Sonoma County.

An hour later, the fire had charred a total of 150 acres.

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