Skip to comments.Smokes clears to reveal 4,100 acres burning in California
Posted on 08/14/2009 12:16:47 PM PDT by americanophile
Heavy smoke from the Lockheed Fire in northern California had cleared enough by Friday that authorities could see it had spread substantially from the day before and had destroyed two buildings.A California Department of Forestry and Fire source said smoke had prevented authorities from accurately assessing the amount of damage.
"Now that the smoke has cleared we can get a better view of it," he said.
Hundreds of firefighters had managed to contain about 5 percent of the northern California wildfire that grew from 2,800 acres on Thursday to 4,100 acres Friday.
No injuries have been reported, according to Cal Fire's Web site.
The fire is moving alongside the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Cruz County, near the Pacific Coast, about 60 miles south of San Francisco.
The cause of the blaze, which began Wednesday night, was being investigated, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Megan McFadden. On Thursday, thousands of residents fled ahead of the fire.
Spokesman Daniel Berlante said about 675 firefighters were battling the blaze with air and ground resources.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued for about 300 households in the Swanton area Thursday. Berlante said up to 2,400 residents had evacuated in the Swanton and Bonny Doon areas.
Helbard Alkhassadeh traveled down the state's scenic Highway 1 Thursday between Davenport and Santa Cruz and submitted images of the blaze to CNN's iReport.
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At least the trees weren’t cut down to make paper or lumber. That would be bad for the environment.
...the best thing for these areas is the occasional small fire. Unfortunately because of environmentalists we end up with no small fires, which regenerate the forest, and instead end up with these huge conflagrations that destroy everything.
well, its a difficult call. most of the trees are either
Redwoods (few) or live oak (many). Its good for the fire
clear stuff out every few years, but since people live in
the area fires are suppressed, so the fuel builds up.
The redwoods are the only valuable tree there and they are
almost fireproof. If the land burns completely the rains will
bring down the hillsides onto the roads and homes, as happened in Ben Lomond back in the ‘82 storms (Google Love Creek). There are still bodies buried there which could not be recovered.
Yup . This is a particularly tough fire to fight because unfortunately the crews really aren’t trained to fight “forest” type fires. They don’t do back burns anymore and while not as rugged as some areas it is still very challenging. I have friends from local fire departments up there fighting
I could see the smoke from the Santa Cruz fire yesterday afternoon on my commute home and was impressed...