Lockheed Fire Nearly Contained, Nearly Everyone Home

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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Wildfire Burns Near Boony Doon

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More than 1,000 firefighters will be battling the Lockheed Fire Friday.

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Hundreds more displaced residents were returning to their homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains as Cal Fire canceled more mandatory evacuation orders prompted by the Lockheed Fire.

The fire was named Lockheed because a Lockheed Martin facility is in the general area where the fire started.  

Nearly 2,400 people had been evacuated since Wednesday night, when crews began battling the fire, which has now burned about 7,163 acres.

As of Tuesday afternoon the fire is 80-percent contained.

It's cost $12.8 million to fight.
     
Only about 20 people who live in the area of Warnella and Blodgetts roads are still displaced, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze was 80 percent contained as of this morning and Cal Fire officials anticipated that milder temperatures would assist them today. They  expect full containment by Thursday.

Five injuries related to the fire have been reported, but they have all been minor, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze has damaged one outbuilding and destroyed another but no homes have burned.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The incident command team will host a meeting for the effected communities at 6:30 PM on Wednesday at Pacific Elementary School.

They want to give locals the current and expected plans related to the fire.

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