CZU Complex

Firefighters Reach Full Containment on CZU Complex Fire

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More than a month after it first ignited, the CZU Complex Fire burning in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties was 100% contained Tuesday, Cal Fire said.

Crews continue monitoring the fire for areas that may still be smoldering as firefighters warn “contained” is not “controlled.”

Flames scorched a total of 86,509 acres and destroyed 925 residences, but firefighters managed to save thousands of homes.

Firefighters identified a 73-year-old man killed on Last Chance Road in Santa Cruz County as Tad Jones. His body was found near his vehicle in Davenport.

A 63-year-old woman was also found dead inside the fire zone in the Santa Cruz Mountains, however officials say she died of natural causes.

Though contained, nearly 1,000 residents remain under evacuation orders.

The flames were first reported on Aug. 16.

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