Grass fire burns seven acres in rural MH

Firefighters check for hot spots after a fire burned about seven

A fire in northwest Morgan Hill burned about seven acres of
grass and a motor home Wednesday.
A fire in northwest Morgan Hill burned about seven acres of grass and a motor home Wednesday.

The fire in the middle of a field on Hale Avenue, near the intersection of Live Oak Avenue, was reported about 2:30 p.m., according to Calfire Capt. Brian Declair. Calfire sent several engines, a bulldozer and an air attack unit to combat the blaze, which burned a children’s play-set and a motor home parked in the field.

The fire was contained at 6 p.m. No structures were damaged or threatened by the fire.

Also assisting in extinguishing the blaze were firefighters and equipment from Santa Clara County Fire, South County Fire, Gilroy Fire and San Jose Fire agencies.

A man who lives on the property said the motor home that was destroyed was owned by a friend of his, who used the property to park the vehicle when it was not in use.

The resident declined to give his name, but said his family owns the property. He lives in a house in front of the burning field and fronting Hale Avenue.

While Calfire authorities think the fire might have started with the motor home, the charred frame of which was surrounded by burnt grass several minutes after the fire was reported, the resident said it might have started near another vehicle on the property. A mechanic was at the property working on a van parked there – and owned by another friend of the resident – and might have thrown a hot, oily rag on the ground near the vehicle, and that might have sparked the fire.

The van was not damaged.

Calfire authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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