Wildland fire rips through Santa Cruz Mountains, again

For the second time in two years residents residing in a rugged area of the Santa Cruz Mountains straddling the Santa Clara-Santa Cruz County line south of San Jose find themselves confronted with a raging wildfire. This time units from CAL FIRE and other area departments responded to reports of flames in the area of Maymen Flats and Eureka Canyon just before 3:00 AM on Sunday, October 26.

Firefighters were immediately confronted with steep terrain, low humidities, and winds gusting to over 40 miles-per-hour. Over the next few hours the fire grew to several hundred acres, threatened dozens of homes, and prompted CAL FIRE to request assistance from fire departments all over California, including strike teams for immediate need structure protection.

By the time CAL FIRE was able to call this blaze contained almost 500 acres had been scorched, and one trailer and two outbuildings had been destroyed.

At the peak of firefighting activity there were 1,499 firefighting personnel, 89 engines, 59 hand crews, 5 CAL FIRE dozers, and 15 water tenders under the direction of Incident Command Team #3.

According to CAL FIRE investigators, the cause of the fire was an escaped ember from a smoldering burn pile that was created during a CAL FIRE brush-thinning project in the area.

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