Initial reports came from a bicyclist on the trail around 4:53 p.m. who reported dark smoke and flames near the bottom of a PG&E transmission tower near the Sleeper Avenue bridge onto the trail, located in the Waverly Park neighborhood.
The fire was initially described as being 30 feet by 30 feet in size, but firefighters later reported it had grown to half an acre. Mountain View and Sunnyvale firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, and remained in the area to ensure any smoldering vegetation did not reignite.
PG&E was called to the scene. There was no damage to any structures or property, according to a statement by the Mountain View Fire Department, despite the close proximity to PG&E towers and homes across the creek on Pastel Lane.
The precise cause of the fire is currently being investigated, according to the statement.
Assault puts man in hospital
A man was taken to a hospital with injuries last week after a San Jose man assaulted him with a cane near a bus stop in the San Antonio shopping center area, according to police.
The 57-year-old man allegedly hit the victim, a 32-year-old transient, with a cane several times on Showers Drive close to El Camino Real around 11:30 p.m. on June 4. The two had gotten into an argument after the victim looked at the San Jose man, which he apparently "did not like," according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for lacerations and bruising.
The San Jose man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and was booked into Santa Clara County jail. He remained in custody as of June 12 at the Elmwood Correctional Facility with a bail set at $95,000, and a court appearance scheduled on June 20.
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