Wildland fire erupts above Cupertino

Just before noon on Thursday, August 30, 2007 fire broke out in the parched hills west of the Santa Clara Valley. Within a matter of hours the fire had burned through approximately 150 acres and prompted the voluntary evacuation of homes and vineyard facilities along Monte Bello Road. Firefighters from the Santa Clara County Fire Department, CAL FIRE and numerous other agencies worked in stifling heat to slow and eventually stop the spread of the fire.

Operations relied on a number of air assets including CAL FIRE helicopters and tankers that were able to effectively bolster fire lines established by hand crews and dozers. Additional fire suppression was offered through the first deployment of TANKER 910, a DC-10, to a Northern California wildland fire incident. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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