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Eden fire in Saratoga fully contained

SARATOGA — Firefighters on Wednesday fully contained a wildfire near the Mountain Winery.

The blaze — dubbed the Eden fire — broke out Monday afternoon near Mt. Eden Road and Orchard Meadow Drive. Ten acres burned, but no one was injured and no structures were damaged, said Luisa Rapport, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Residents did not have to evacuate as the flames burned uphill away from homes and toward Mount Eden Vineyards. And events at the Mountain Winery, located on a ridge to the southeast, were held as scheduled.

The fire was declared fully contained at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The conflagration was challenging to fight mainly because of the steep terrain and thick brush, Rapport said. Crews also had to contend with a drone, which forced a helicopter to land instead of dropping its load of water. It is illegal to fly a drone near a fire.

Rapport said the county received help from the Gilroy and Spring Valley Volunteer fire departments. The Palo Alto Police Department also provided communications equipment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Rapport said.

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