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Crews Fighting Grass Fire on Mount Hamilton

A car fire on Quimby Road early this morning may have been the cause.

Cal Fire and the San Jose Fire Department crews are fighting a grass fire on Mount Hamilton outside of San Jose that has charred at least 40 acres off of Quimby Road, a fire department spokesman said.

The blaze was about 60 percent contained as of 8:45 a.m., Cal Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Leitzke said.

At 5:27 a.m., San Jose firefighters received a report of a car fire on Quimby near Grant Ranch County Park that ignited nearby vegetation, fire Capt. Cleo Doss said. San Jose sent three engines and two water tenders to fight the blaze, which had expanded to 20 acres, Doss said.

Cal Fire has deployed two air tankers, four hand crews and six engines, Leitzke said.

As of 7:20 a.m., the fire had grown to 40 acres and the department had sent its vegetation fire task force to the scene, Doss said.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the vehicle fire.

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scout December 31, 2013 at 01:58 PM
That spot has some long grass from last season. Not Mt. Ham but the little hill in front of Ham.

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