Cal Fire Gets Upper Hand on Wildfire

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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Fire Victims Lose Everything

Dan Dawson

This is what the fire lines look like in the minutes after the burn.

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Cal Fire responded in force to a fast spreading wildfire in the Santa Cruz mountains.
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Firefighters are continuing to battle the Loma Fire, which has burned some 500 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The challenge of the day is the winds.  Gusts could reach up to 50 mph in the afternoon hours.  Crews think they have a fighting chance of keeping the flames contained because they have a fire line surrounding 75 percent of the fire.

The fire started at about 3 a.m. Sunday in the area of Summit and Mount Madonna roads.  That is the same general area of the Summit Fire in the summer 2008 that destroyed dozens of homes.
Division Chief David Shew said it was initially thought that the  blaze had burned 600-800 acres, but that more exact mapping done later Monday showed the fire had consumed only about 485 acres.

No new evacuations were ordered Tuesday, and there were no structures in danger.

Several road closures do remain in effect.

The fire has burned one trailer and two outbuildings.

Battalion  Chief Jim Crawford could not confirm reports that a controlled burn may have sparked the wildfire. He said a team of investigators is exploring all possibilities.

One man who lost all of his possesions in the fire said that he saw the smoldering remains of a control burn in the same area where it is believed the fire started.

Bay City News contributed to this article.

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