San Jose fire prompts evacuations, one arson suspect in custody

A growing fire in San Jose’s Santa Teresa foothills — believed to be arson — was threatening homes and prompting evacuations Thursday evening, officials said.

Officials believe six separate fires were set intentionally shortly before 6 p.m., said Capt. Brian Palodichuk of the San Jose Fire Department. One suspect was in police custody.

Cal Fire estimated the vegetation fire was 25 acres and Palodichuk said he thought it was 50 acres. It was 0% contained by 7:40 p.m., Cal Fire said.

Police were evacuating homes west of Graystone Lane along Pfeiffer Ranch Road to Deer Hollow Drive around 7:30, Palodichuk said. Fire crews were doing structural protection as the vegetation fire spread.

Roughly 100 personnel from the San Jose Fire Department, Cal Fire, San Jose Police Department and county were assisting at the scene and more mutual aid was on the way. An air tanker dropped water on the wildfire.

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Anna Bauman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @abauman2

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