A small crew of firefighters pack into a red fire engine and barrel up a road west of Brookdale in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They’re on mop up duty; scouting for new sources of smoke, looking for burned trees and any hot spots that could reignite the blaze.
The River Fire, south of Salinas, is 10 percent contained and has burned 2,800 acres. Around 1,500 structures are threatened and five have been damaged. Not only are people evacuating, so are their animals.
4:00pm: A total of three spot fires broke out Saturday morning near the Marina airport. Two of the fires were under an acre and the third was about 49 acres. All three are fully contained. Fire personnel will be mopping up into the evening.
Winter rain created lush green hillsides across California. Soon, summer heat will dry out this growth, creating fuel for wildfire. To prepare, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered fire prevention work in vulnerable communities across the state.