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Lockheed Fire All but Out



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    A helicopter draws water to drop on the Lockheed Fire in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. As of Thursday evening, the fire had burned about 2,800 acres.

    A fire that has burned more than 7,815 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and has cost $25.5 million so far to fight is expected to be fully contained but sunset Sunday, according to Cal Fire.  More than 10 square miles of earth was scorched by the flames.
    The Lockheed Fire, named after a Lockheed Martin facility close to the fire line, was 98 percent contained as of about 7 a.m.

    There have been 10 injuries since the fire started Aug. 12. Thirteen structures have been destroyed and one was damaged. No structures are threatened now, Cal Fire officials said.

    Nearly 2,400 people were evacuated from their homes in the Bonny Doon, Swanton and Davenport communities after the fire broke out.

    Remaining issue is smoky skies over much of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  Drivers headed over Highway 17 say they can still smell the smoke as they crest the summit. 

    Now that the fire is fully contained, winds are expected to push most if not all of the bad air out of the Santa Cruz area.  The first started the evening of Aug. 13.  It took ten full days and hundreds of firefighters to bring it under control.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.