Wildfire in Santa Cruz Mountains prompts some evacuations
SANTA CRUZ ” A wind-whipped wildfire threatened several homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains this morning, prompting some evacuations.
The blaze, first reported around 5:30 a.m., had grown to about 500 acres by midmorning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The flames sent a thick cloud of smoke into the air that could be seen miles away.
The fire is in the mountain range that separates Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, and the rural area is dotted with homes. An unknown number of them were threatened by the blaze, said Battalion Chief Rob Sherman.
Firefighters also were fighting extreme winds and heavy brush and timber, officials said.