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Quick-moving grass fireplace erupts in dry South Bay hills

June 14, 2021Updated June 14, 2021 12:42 p.m.

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Firefighters are at the site of a vegetation fire on Silicon Valley Road and Basking Ridge in the San Jose area.

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Firefighters are at the site of a vegetation fire on Silicon Valley Road and Basking Ridge in the San Jose area.

Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit

Firefighters tackle a rapidly growing vegetation fire on Silicon Valley Road and Basking Ridge in the San Jose area.

Driven by the wind, the flame – also known as the silicon fire – grows quickly.

Cal Fire’s Santa Clara unit originally reported on social media that just before noon on Monday the fire covered 2 acres, with a “dangerous rate of spread and a threat from a structure”.

Ten minutes later, the account reported that it had grown to 20 acres. Units are still making their way to the fire, and Cal Fire air tankers and helicopters are on their way.

Firefighters are at the site of a vegetation fire on Silicon Valley Road and Basking Ridge in the San Jose area. Air strike reports 2 hectares, dangerous grass spread with a structural threat. Additional units respond. #SiliconFire @SJFD pic.twitter.com/1nBWkIueZ1

– CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) June 14, 2021

According to the San Jose Fire Department, there are currently no evacuation orders or warnings.

Emma Talley is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: emma.talley@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ EmmaT332.

Emma Talley is an intern for The Chronicle’s Metro team. She is currently studying communication and art at Stanford University and writing for her campus newspaper. She is originally from Sacramento, California.

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