Homes evacuated in Santa Cruz Mountains as new wildfire breaks out

18 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • New Fire Breaks Out In Santa Cruz Mountains, Threatens At Least 100 Homes

Firefighters on Monday morning were fighting the fire with aircraft, and at 10 a.m. had it 5 percent contained.

Two firefighters have been injured battling a blaze in California's Santa Cruz mountains.

Elsewhere, about 150 households have been evacuated after a wildfire broke out in the Santa Cruz mountains in the southern San Francisco Bay Area. By 8 a.m., the fire had burned about 125 acres, Cal Fire reported.

Angela Bernheisel, a Cal Fire spokeswoman, said the fire started in a house and quickly spread to vegetation in the area.

With firefighters still working to contain the deadly, destructive North Bay wildfires, Cal Fire is tackling a new blaze that erupted overnight in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Another firefighter was treated earlier for smoke inhalation.

There are evacuation centers at Lake View Elementary School and the Zayante Fire station. Evacuations are in place for Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, Lost Valley Road, Favre Ridge and Oak Ridge.

"If you feel you're in danger leave the area if it is safe to do so", fire officials said.

Steep terrain limited the number of bulldozers Cal Fire could use to just three - not enough for this type of wildfire.

Sherman said the current plan is to attack the fire from the sky to stop it from spreading further. "We're going to hit it as hard as we can", she said.

Officials in neighboring Sonoma County, which had the most death and destruction, said they have increasingly been getting calls from people anxious about mentally coping with what's happened.

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