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Gusty afternoon winds threaten to intensify 5,400-acre Crews Fire

The Crews Fire that started Sunday in the hills east of Gilroy in rural Santa Clara County has burned an estimated 5,400 acres and is 20 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire had initially been reported at 1:52 p.m. Sunday near Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court, prompting evacuations from state Highway 152 north to Gilroy Hot Springs and southeast to Prunedale Avenue, fire officials said.

According to Cal Fire, crews worked throughout Monday to prevent the forward progress of the fire, but gusty winds forecast for Tuesday afternoon could create the potential for further spread.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Gilroy Senior Center at 7371 Hanna St.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire. One structure has been destroyed and another damaged by the blaze, and an additional 30 structures remain threatened, Cal Fire officials said.

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