Friday Forecast Good News For Summit Fire
Fog Layer Could Help Ground Crews
Authorities said that crews burned some areas to set lines as protection so that the fire would not burn into
"That makes it tough for air crews to drop flame retardant on the burn area, but easier for firefighters to work against the flames on the ground,"
People in the
Residents of about 1,400 homes were under evacuation orders -- 336 of them mandatory.
Late Thursday afternoon Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared the
The wildfire has burned at least 3,100 acres near
Fire officials on Thursday estimated the fire could spread to 10,000 acres before they can put it out. Officials said at on Thursday that the fire was moving east and residents of
The fire had periodically been traveling southwest toward the
"I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the brave firefighters," the governor said. "As I've said many times before, we have the most courageous, talented and best trained firefighters in the world. They are doing a great job fighting the Summit Fire."
The fire started at about Thursday off
Two smaller fires, the Quail Hollow fire and the La Selva Beach fire, were contained.
Twelve people and 200 horses were being sheltered at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
Road closures were in effect at Quail Hollow at
The fire is burning about seven miles east of Highway 17.
Many of the evacuees gathered at the Corralitos Market throughout the day Thursday to wait for news of their homes.
Gray-black smoke filled the sky and was reportedly visible from as far as
In addition to ensuring residents evacuate, firefighters from
Evacuation centers have been set up throughout the counties and the American Red Cross has responded to render aid, according to
Evacuation Orders: At Least 120 Structures At:
· Hidden Canyon
· Lower Highland
· Buzzard Lagoon
· Nisene Marks Evacuated And Closed
Firefighters from most counties throughout the Bay Area have been sent to assist.
Some roads in the area are blocked.
Dozens of homes and ranches are scattered throughout the mountainous area. Chopper11 showed several structures destroyed by the flames.
Wind gusts on the fire line reached 45 to 50 mph Thursday, making the fire harder to fight.
There is no estimated time for containment,
About 170 students were evacuated Thursday morning from the Koinonia Conference Grounds,
Students from throughout
Source: NBC News