Gilroy "Ballybunion" vegetation fire spreads to 100-plus acres

- About 100 firefighters from across the region raced to battle a a vegetation fire above the Eagle Ridge housing development in Gilroy, which had spread to 100 acres by Monday morning.

No structures are threatened, but Santa Teresa Boulevard between Miller Avenue and south of Club Drive remains closed to traffic. Residents are discouraged from walking or biking down this stretch of road to allow clear access for emergency vehicles. 

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 Tuesday, 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, are asked to 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.

The Gilroy Fire Department advises residents to stay indoors with the doors and windows closed due to poor air quality. 

CalFire and the Gilroy Fire Department said the fire was called in at 7:10  p.m. Sunday on Ballybunion Court, was burning in steep terrain. One firefighter was evaluated at St. Louise Hospital after falling about 40 feet in the darkness, Gilroy firefighters said.

Brent Jenkins lives close to the fire and asked anyone around him to pray. "This is at the top of our street," he said on Facebook.

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