Brush fire blackens San José hillside, threatens homes

On Saturday, June 12, 2012, at approximately 1:20 PM, San José Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in the area of Highway 87 and Sands Drive.

The first units to arrive on scene worked quickly to establish structure protection at the top of a steep hill leading to the highway below. As the fire advanced south, pushed by 25 mile-per-hour wind gusts, a second alarm was struck that included a request for assistance from a water dropping CAL FIRE helicopter.

Crews were able to prevent the fire from damaging any homes in the area while containing the fire to just under nine acres.

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