Homes evacuated in Santa Cruz Mountains as new wildfire breaks out

Frederick Owens
October 18, 2017

Mandatory evacuation orders were put in place for residents living on Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, Lost Valley Road, Favre Ridge Road and Oak Ridge Road.

Five firefighters were injured in a fast-moving wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one of several wildfires burning across California.

Road closures: Bear Creek Road at highways 9 and 35.

The blaze is threatening some 150 homes, mostly in the rural community of Las Cumbres.

Injuries included a firefighter with a broken wrist and another with smoke inhalation, both requiring hospital visits, according to Cal Fire.

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

All residents are believed to have evacuated safely and are staying at two evacuation centers - Boulder Creek Elementary School at 400 W. Lomond Boulder Creek and the Zayante Fire Department at 7700 E.

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The fire is entirely in Santa Cruz County, and is not expected to reach Santa Clara County, according to Cal Fire.

Tuesday morning, a helicopter was flying over the scene, dumping retardant as chainsaws buzzed in the forest below the ridge at the command post.

Sherman said the current plan is to attack the fire from the sky to stop it from spreading further. "This is very steep, rugged terrain with hard access".

"Right now, because of the north winds", Cal Fire spokesman Rob Sherman said, "and here we are".

- A new wildfire broke out on Monday night - this time in the Santa Cruz mountains along Bear Creek Road in Boulder Creek.

A staging area is set up at the 19000 block of Bear Creek Road.

This story will be updated.

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