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Published on June 16, 2024
Emergency Crews Tame Felipe Fire in San Jose Foothills, 80% Contained with No Reported Damage or InjuriesSource: X/San Jose Fire Department

Emergency crews successfully halted the advance of a grass fire in the San Jose foothills on Saturday, marking a swift response to the blaze that ignited earlier in the morning. The San Jose Fire Department and Cal Fire officials converged on the scene near Meadowlands Lane and Wild Meadow Way after the fire sparked around 8 a.m. The collaboration yielded results, with the fire, dubbed the Felipe Fire, being 80% contained by 9 p.m. after scorching an estimated 19 acres.

According to a post from the San José Fire Department, most of their units had cleared, with the remaining crews focusing on mop-up operations alongside Cal Fire personnel. No property was harmed amid the firefight and no physical harm came to any resident or firefighter. Motorists were advised to maintain a distance from the area to ensure safety and enable unhindered operations.

While the exact origin of the fire is still under the lens, the wider region braces for more potential fire activity, courtesy of adverse weather conditions. The National Weather Service has raised the flag of caution, issuing a red flag warning for several parts of Northern California, including the Sacramento Valley and northern Sierra Nevada foothills. Such warnings, signaling the high danger of wildfires due to a spectrum of factors like high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds, haven't been raised for these locations since last October.

A shift in weather patterns, fortunately, is expected to usher in cooler temperatures coupled with gusty winds across the Bay Area throughout Sunday. This could offer some relief and reduce the wildfire threat that hovers over the region, often prompting red flag warnings. The National Weather Service's alert remains in place from 11 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Monday, underscoring the unpredictability and volatility that such natural events carry within their folds.