California wildfire grows to 343 acres, 50% contained

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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KRON) – A wildfire continues to burn in Santa Clara County near Lake Anderson Sunday, officials say.

According to Cal Fire, the blaze is now at 343 acres and residents on Finely Ridge Road have been evacuated.

Officials say an aircraft is assisting over the fire, and at 11:30 a.m. the fire was 50% contained.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, officials say the forward progress of the fire was stopped and fire crews will remain on scene to put out hot spots and strengthen containment lines.

The fire broke out around 11 p.m. on July 4 on the east side of Anderson Reservoir near Morgan Hill.

At this time, the cause of the fire remains unknown and is still under investigation, however, residents believe it was due to illegal fireworks as they could be heard prior to the fire.

East Dunne Road at Holiday Lake Estates has been blocked off and officials advise you to avoid the area.

The roadway is expected to remain closed for a few days.

According to Cal Fire, the fire is not close to Morgan Hill city limits and the fire should continue to move in the opposite direction.

The Morgan Hill Police Department has been assisting Cal Fire and reported that no homes or residents in the city have been in danger.

Overnight, Cal Fire evacuated 10 homes in the county and did not expect to evacuate any more.

The police department said, “Over the next 12 hours the fire is expected to have limited growth but there will be significant mop up due to the steep and inaccessible terrain.”

As of 1:30 p.m. there were 38 fire engines, eight hand crews, four bulldozers and a total of 237 firefighters on the scene.

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