Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summit Fire Update 5-25-08

Here is a link to the current fire map from Google...

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2008_05_24_g_web_summit.kmz

Last Updated: May 25, 2008 6:30 am
Date/Time Started: May 22, 2008 5:17 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE
County: Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
Location: Summit Road and Maymen Flats
South of the town of Loma Prieta
Acres Burned: 3,870
Containment 50% contained - 3,870 acres
Structures Destroyed:20 residences; 18 commercial
Threatened: 550 residential; 20 commercial
Evacuations: Evacuations remain in effect for the Santa Clara County Community of Sveadal and residents of Mc Phee Road. Evacuations of all residents in the area of Eureka Canyon Road and Ormsby Cutoff Road, Lower Highland which include Buzzard Lagoon, and the Vaca De Sol area which are all in the Summit Road area of Santa Cruz County. Control problems include establishing line in steep terrain and heavy, thick dead fuels.
Injuries: 5
Cause: Under investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Cal Fire, County, OES: Santa Cruz and Santa Clara, CHP, Sheriff: Santa Cruz and Santa Clara, National Guard, NOAA, CA State Parks, Santa Clara County Parks, PGE
Total Fire Personnel: 2,886 firefighters
Fire crews: 96
Engines: 278
Airtankers: 2
Helicopters: 13
Dozers: 35
Water tenders: 47
Major Incident Command Team: Incident Command Team #4
Conditions: The fire made short runs during the night. No signifigant fire expansion with active burning in the fire interior. Good progress made on containment. Significant amount of indirect line construction completed. Evacuations remain in place. Injury due to smoke inhalation with poison oak.

Temperature: 55
Wind Direction: SW-SE
Wind Speed: 5mph
Relative Humidity: 48%

Phone Numbers (408) 779-0930 (Summit Fire Information)

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