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Crews Fire Destroys 2,000 Acres in Santa Clara County

Evacuations were ordered and an evacuation center established in and near Gilroy, California.

A CALFire air tanker drops fire retardant on the Crews Fire east of Gilroy, California, on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Jaden Schaul)
A CALFire air tanker drops fire retardant on the Crews Fire east of Gilroy, California, on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Jaden Schaul)

The Crews Fire erupted on Sunday in the wildlands near Gilroy, California, growing to 2,000 acres in size by Monday morning.

High temperatures, dry conditions, and winds helped the blaze, which began as a vegetation fire near Crews Road, gain ground quickly.

Residential evacuations were ordered, and an evacuation center established at Gilroy Senior Center.

As of Monday morning, the blaze was 20% contained, according to Cal Fire. Two structures were reportedly burned.

Aside from the immediate dangers they cause, wildfires present an increased risk to those with cardiovascular or pulmonary issues.

In addition, evacuations, such as those mandated by the current blaze, can cause interruptions to chronic care management, as people leave home without vital medications.

Sheltering in what are called “congregate settings,” such as an evacuation center, are also made more complex by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Direct Relief is monitoring the Crews Fire and will offer assistance as needed. As usual, the organization’s concerns involve both meeting immediate needs and ensuring continuity of care.

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