Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summit Fire

SANTA CLARA CO.: GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Santa Clara County today after a fire that has burned 3,400 acres crossed over the Santa Cruz-Santa Clara county border.

Schwarzenegger issued the proclamation to ensure that financial resources are available to crews so they can efficiently battle the Summit Fire, which began burning Thursday at 5:30 a.m. He issued a similar proclamation for Santa Cruz County on Thursday.

The fire began in Santa Clara County but quickly burned into Santa Cruz County, where the majority of the blaze is located, according to a Cal Fire spokesman. However, at about 1:30 a.m. today the fire returned to Santa Clara County, where it had burned about 100 acres by around 3 p.m.

After visiting the fire command center in Gilroy on Friday, Schwarzenegger thanked "the dedicated and hard working firefighters who are aggressively battling this blaze."

The fire has burned 17 homes and 11 businesses and is threatening around 550 other homes. Around 1,400 people in the area have voluntarily evacuated their homes while another 350 had mandatory evacuations. Cal Fire officials do not believe the flames will be contained until Friday.


Source:CBS News Saturday 10:20PM

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