SAN JOSE -- More than 50 firefighters extinguished a slow-moving three-alarm grass fire near Kelley Park on Monday, with help from the weather, according to an official.

Fire Capt. Reggie Williams said the blaze started at 10:42 a.m. with a vehicle fire that spread to the dry grass.

San Jose firefighters, with help from Cal Fire, contained the blaze at 2 p.m. It burned about one to two acres behind Kelley Park. The nearby Happy Hollow Zoo remained open while the fire was burning. No injuries were reported.

Williams said the cool weather and lack of wind aided the efforts to put out the fire. Another reason the blaze moved slowly was that the grass had been recently cut by city workers.

Fire officials believe the fire started accidentally when a contractor's vehicle got stuck while unloading a load of tan bark, Williams said.

Williams said 50 firefighters and 14 engines responded to the blaze, along with six engines, one helicopter, one bulldozer and one hand crew from Cal Fire.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him at Twitter.com/markmgomez.



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