Unattended fire caused wildfire near Santa CruzFELTON, Calif.—State officials say hot embers from an unattended fire was the cause of a wildfire that burned 12.5 square miles in the Santa Cruz Mountains last summer. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on Friday announced the results of their investigation into the Lockheed Fire, which started on Aug. 12, 2009 about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz.
The wind-driven fire forced the evacuation of more than 2,200 people in the communities the Swanton and Bonny Doon, which is home to several wineries.
The fire, which burned for more than a week, destroyed one outbuilding and damaged two others.
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