CalFire

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says arson caused the Bear Fire in Boulder Creek.  The same man accused of looting an evacuated home during the fire now faces arson charges.  

Erika Mahoney

Firefighters are slowly getting the upper hand on the Bear Fire burning east of Boulder Creek. At 320 acres, it's now 30-percent contained. Some evacuation orders have been lifted, but 300 homes are still threatened. KAZU got a first-hand look at the damage.

Erika Mahoney

CalFire Incident Update

Monterey Bay Area Air Quality

Thursday PM Update: The Bear Fire is no 100% contained at 391 acres.  Firefighters will remain on scene for the next few days.  CalFire asks residents to report any possible signs of smoke.

Erika Mahoney

 


 

CalFire continues fighting a wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Called the Bear Fire, it's burning in steep terrain that’s hard to access. So attacking the fire from the air has been crucial.

Erika Mahoney

Wind has not been a factor in the Bear Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Highway 9 and the Lexington Reservoir. 

Erika Mahoney

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Update 1:30pm:  The Bear Fire has grown to 200 acres and is still 5% contained.  150 homes are threatened.  


Krista Almanzan

UPDATE 5:15 PM Monday: CalFire determined the cause of the York Fire to be a cigarette dropped along South Boundary Road. CalFire says it's crucial that everyone stays extra diligent when it comes to fire prevention. The area is very dry. For prevention and safety tips click here

Erika Mahoney

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Loma Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As of Thursday evening, firefighters had reached 22% containment and the fire had burned more than 3,800 acres.  

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

Wednesday Afternoon Update

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has lifted some evacuation orders.  Residents in the following areas can return home.  Roads remain closed to non-resident traffic.

Brant Herrett

A wildfire burning on Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains is threatening homes and critical emergency radio towers.

InciWeb (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/)

Just one evacuation order remains in effect, and the number of firefighters on the scene has continued to go down as crews make progress on the Soberanes Fire.

Animal Evacuees Find A Home At SPCA

Aug 9, 2016
Doug McKnight

Progress is being made in a fire that has scorched 60 thousand acres in Big Sur. The Soberanes fire is 45 percent contained.  Now evacuees from Palo Colorado and Cachagua are being allowed to return to their homes and for many it is a time to reunite with their pets.

Krista Almanzan

As helicopters fly overhead, a cloud of dark gray smoke rises into the sky.  The sun appears red.   But Steve Schuster stands in the driveway of his Cachagua home relaxed.  

Krista Almanzan

Fire investigators say an unattended, illegal campfire is the cause behind the Soberanes Fire.  It started on Friday, July 22nd around 8:45a.m. in Garrapata State Park just south of Carmel Highlands.

Krista Almanzan

A drive down Palo Colorado road starts out still lush and green. The road  shaded by towering trees.  About three miles in, firefighters are mopping up a hillside. 

Krista Almanzan

The Soberanes Fire is now nearly 34,000 acres and 15% contained.  As the fire continues to grow, it’s also slowly moving to the south and the east toward the Los Padres National Forest.

Doug McKnight

The Big Sur community gathered in an outdoor amphitheater on Wednesday night.  They sat surrounded by towering trees at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  The beautiful scenery stood in stark contrast to the destruction of the fire not so far away.  

The high ridges and steep mountainsides are part of what make Big Sur beautiful.  The long and winding roads that lead to isolated areas are why many people choose to live here.  All of it also makes fighting the Soberanes Fire difficult. 

Soberanes Fire: Bulldozer Operator Killed Overnight

Jul 27, 2016
Erika Mahoney

UPDATE: CalFire has identified the bull dozer operator as Robert Oliver Reagan III.  He was 35 years old and from Friant, California.  

The Soberanes Fire turned deadly overnight Tuesday when a bulldozer operator was killed.

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