Breaking: Fires in Santa Cruz

Today’s high winds are contributing to the out of control fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which were reported early this morning at 5:30am. It is reported to be about 10 miles west of Gilroy, and the 35 northwesterly winds are pushing it along.

Area schools are closed, and homes have been evacuated.

Our thoughts are with the homes and families affected by the fires, and hope for the fires to be extinguished with as little loss as possible. There is currently no estimate when the fire will be under control.

Update 5:00pm: Still no containment. Over 3,000 acres have burned, but luckily no injuries reported.

Update 11:00pm: 15% containment, weaker winds tomorrow show hope for keeping the fire under control. For the most recent updates, see the update page on the CAL FIRE website.

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