SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – Crews on Tuesday night made significant progress in containing a number of wind-stirred blazes near long-dormant hot spots of the CZU Lighting Complex wildfires.
The combination of strong winds and smoldering embers resulted in more than half a dozen fires.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it would staff the blazes overnight, but with minimum personnel. Resources were stretched thin, the agency explained in a tweet, but more engines were due to arrive from out of Santa Cruz County.
“Conditions for our firefighters are dangerous, especially at night,” Cal Fire said. “Trees can fall, but they can’t see what’s above them in the darkness. They are getting some much-needed rest overnight, and will resume fighting numerous fires at first light.”
Here’s where things stood as of 11:30 p.m.:
China Grade Fire: The blaze was 100% contained after burning 20 acres off China Grade Road and Foxglove Lane, northwest of Boulder Creek, in Santa Cruz County.
Empire Fire: The blaze was 100% contained after burning 6 acres at Alba Road and Empire Grade in Bonny Doon.
Panther Ridge Fire: Burning at Stapp Road and Highway 9, five miles north of Boulder Creek, the fire had consumed nearly 28 acres and was 98% contained.
North Butano Fire: Burning off Old Woman’s Creek Road, south of Loma Mar, in San Mateo County, the fire had consumed 10 acres and was 95 percent contained.
Fanning Fire: The blaze was 95 percent contained after burning 18 acres off Fanning Grade and Harmony Hill Roads, east of Ben Lomond, in Santa Cruz County.
Freedom Fire: The blaze was 20 percent contained after burning 37 acres at Freedom Boulevard and Hames Road, five miles east of Aptos, in Santa Cruz County.
Bloom Fire: Burning at Little Basin Road and Upper Bloom Grade Road, four miles northwest of Boulder Creek, the fire had consumed 5 acres and was 0% contained.
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