SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Fire Department quickly snuffed out a fire that broke out Thursday morning in a creek bed next to the Los Lagos Golf Course, the second time this week that firefighters have responded to the site.

The fire was reported at 11:10 a.m. off Tuers Road and Capitol Expressway. It was corralled to a 20-by-20-foot area and extinguished in about 45 minutes, fire Capt. Cleo Doss said. No one was injured.

Monday, a two-alarm fire erupted next to the course and burned 6 acres. It normally would have warranted a one-alarm response, but because all available grass crews had been dispatched to South San Jose for a fire in the Santa Teresa Hill off Curie Drive -- which eventually burned 125 acres -- a second alarm was called to ensure enough personnel were on hand.

Doss said officials are considering the possibility that Thursday's fire was a "flare-up" of Monday's fire, given that it "connected to the other fire" scene.

With the fire season in full swing amid a record-setting drought, officials expect the summer to be among the busiest for firefighters in memory, with Monday's two fires stretching SJFD so thinly that out-of-town agencies were summoned to backfill their normal duties.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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