Posted: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Hwy 152 brush fire 50 percent contained

Fire along Highway 152
Fire along Highway 152

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Traffic is moving again on state Highway 152 east of Gilroy as firefighters battle an 80-acre brush fire in the area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire appears to have started after a vehicle collision on westbound state highway 152 that was reported around 3 p.m. near Casa de Fruta, a roadside attraction, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 30 acres of vegetation are burning on the north side of the highway and around 50 acres on the south side, according to Pam Temmermand, a fire prevention specialist with Cal Fire.

The flames came close enough to the roadway to stop traffic on the highway, but lanes have now reopened, according to the CHP.

The fire is not contained but firefighters have bulldozer lines around both fires and have dropped fire retardant, Temmermand said.

While there were reports of structures threatened early on, Temmermand said none have been lost or damaged.

No injuries have been reported.

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