Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summit Fire 50% Contained

Summit fire 50 percent contained; nearly 3,900 acres burned

Firefighters said this morning that the Summit fire, which has destroyed 20 homes and 18 other structures, is 50 percent contained and there was no significant expansion overnight.

A total of 3,870 acres have burned since the blaze started Thursday morning off Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on its Web site.

Five injuries have been reported. Details were not immediately available.

"The fire made short runs during the night, but there was no significant fire expansion," the Cal Fire statement said. "There is still active fire burning within the fire's interior. With the low temperatures, high humidity, and relatively low wind, good progress made on containment is being made."

Evacuation orders for parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties remain in place today, the agency said.

Gusty winds Friday night and early Saturday pushed the fire northeast into Santa Clara County, prompting the early morning evacuation of about 50 homes near the historic Sveadal resort at the end of a narrow wooded canyon west of Morgan Hill.

The sudden shift in the direction of the fire triggered a declaration of emergency by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Firefighters on Saturday were hoping that the blaze, which consumed several hundred acres at the top of two Santa Clara County canyons, would not send embers and burning logs downhill and ignite homes....


Excerpt from Source: San Jose Mercury News

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