Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summit Fire Containment Expected Soon

Crews Aim For Full Containment Of Summit Fire

Cal Fire officials expecting containment of the Summit Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains by 6 p.m. will likely demobilize some of the 2,631 firefighters still on the scene, spokesman Chris Morgan said Tuesday morning.

The fire, burning since around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, has consumed an estimated 4,270 acres and injured seven firefighters, Morgan said.

The blaze was 85 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. With two days of cool weather anticipated, crews were hoping for full containment Tuesday evening followed by full control Friday, he said.

Morgan said 36 residences and 18 outbuildings have been destroyed, and 15 structures remained threatened Tuesday.

The estimated cost of fighting the Summit Fire has reached $11.2 million, Morgan said.

Cal Fire was considering demobilizing some firefighters Tuesday, and officials also were reevaluating opening Summit Road and Loma Prieta Avenue, according to Morgan. Mount Madonna County Park also remained closed Tuesday, and Cal Fire will determine if wreckage and fire-weakened trees in the area pose a threat, Morgan said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, although fire officials were able to pinpoint that the blaze began in an area where Summit Road becomes Loma Prieta Avenue at the Santa Clara-Santa Cruz counties border.

Source: CBS News

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