The Gilroy Fire Department released an update:
Ballybunion/Eagle Ridge Fire Update 09/04/17 1:30 PM
The Ballybunion Fire is still at about 100 acres and is 0% contained at this time. Significant water drops are continuing to occur via helicopter and retardant drops are occurring via air tanker. No homes or structures are threatened at this time. Fire crews have established containment lines to protect homes and structures and in addition, are staged near homes in case anything changes. Fire commanders are carefully monitoring weather and winds. Significant firefighting effort continues by hand crews and fire ground personnel in spite of the steep and rugged terrain.
The Ranch Side of Christmas Hill Park is now closed to the public and Cal Fire will be setting up a base camp shortly. The south side of the park remains open to the public for the time being.
The walking path through the Ranch Side of Christmas Hill Park to Solorsano Middle School is closed to all foot traffic to secure the park for the base camp.
With school starting tomorrow, Preschool classes in the Teak Building will be relocated. Parents will be contacted by staff with more information.
Parents and students of Solarsano Middle School, please make alternate arrangements for travel to and from Solarsano Middle School starting tomorrow as all access from the Ranch Side of Christmas Hill Park will be closed and no school drop offs or pickups will be allowed in or near the park. Alternate arrangements will also need to be made for students who use the path on the Ranch Side of Christmas Hill Park to walk to and from school as this path is closed and there will be no access to this side of the park.
Due to the fire, air quality in Gilroy is very poor. We recommend residents stay indoors with the doors and windows closed for safety. For information on respiratory safety, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html.
While the Gilroy Fire Department appreciates the offers of donations, NO DONATIONS ARE NEEDED AT THIS TIME. Fire Departments have everything they need and are well prepared and stocked at this time. Please do not bring donations to Eagle Ridge, Ballybunion or any of the local fire stations. If the need for donations changes, we will let the community know.
Thank you and please drive safely and clear access for emergency vehicles throughout the town as crews will be coming in and out throughout the day.