California wildfire grows to 2,000 acres

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A wildfire has grown to 2,000 acres in the hills east of Gilroy, Northern California, officials said.

The blaze, known as the Crews Fire, sparked about 3 miles east of Highway 101 near Crews Road and Oak Springs Circle, reports Xinhua news agency.

It was contained by 20 percent as of 8 a.m. on Monday morning.

Two homes have been destroyed and one person injured, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

“It’s fire season, anything can happen.” Pam Timmermans, a fire prevention specialist for Cal Fire told the media.

“With this kind of weather that we’re seeing, fires are going to happen.”

Another brush fire that started on July 4 in Santa Clara County, known as the Park Fire, was 80 percent contained by Monday, officials said.

Meanwhile, a wildfire spreading rapidly through the rural area of Santa Clarita, a US city 53 km northeast of Los Angeles, has prompted evacuations and the full closure of a freeway.

The fire, dubbed Soledad Fire, was initially reported at around 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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