Thousands of acres of land was damaged during the Crews Fire in Gilroy, which ignited July 5. Photo: Juan Reyes

Firefighters made significant progress on the Crews Fire that is burning north of Gilroy, CalFire officials reported July 8.

The Crews Fire in Gilroy had burned about 5,400 acres of vegetation—as well as one home—and was 60 percent contained as of July 8, according to CalFire. The fire began July 5 in the area of Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court north of Gilroy. 

The cause is under investigation.

CalFire expects full containment of the blaze on July 12.

“Crews worked overnight building new containment lines,” officials stated in a press release. “Mop up and removal of hazard trees will continue where control lines have been completed. Challenging terrain has the potential to create additional fire growth. Deep marine layers in the morning and overnight will provide favorable firefighting conditions.”

Evacuations remain in place from Highway 152 north to Gilroy Hot Springs and southeast to Prunedale Avenue. Cañada Road is closed from Highway 152 to Gilroy Hot Springs.

The evacuation center at the Gilroy Senior Center has been closed. Affected residents may call the American Red Cross if they need assistance at 866.272.2237.

A total of 835 personnel from nineteen agencies are battling the fire.

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Erik Chalhoub joined Weeklys as an editor in 2019. Prior to his current position, Chalhoub worked at The Pajaronian in Watsonville for seven years, serving as managing editor from 2014-2019.


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